Mippin Rejected by App Store for Objectionable Video... Also Found in YouTube App

While we don't want to turn this into the rejected-app-of-the-day column, as an end-cap to the week, and perhaps a chance to test out the theory we proposed earlier in the BargainBin post, we thought we'd pass along one last example of Apple App Store weirdness, via Mippin:

Quite early on in the process they failed us because of rude words in some of the Internet articles we were publishing. Early this week Tweetie was rejected for the same reason- they kicked up such a stink on Twitter that Apple backed down within hours and accepted it. When this happened to us though, 3 weeks ago, we bowed to their greater wisdom and implemented 2 levels of checking for our iPhone application to prevent "objectionable" content getting through. We rate all our 50,000 feeds in Mippin and prevent most if it even getting to the user, then just to be sure we check every word in the article real-time for a list of rude words and if one appears we block the display of the content from the server. We thought this was enough, but this week we got rejected because of a YouTube video - we were amazed at this. In the very amusing video "sxephil" does use one rude word, but in our minds YouTube have allowed this through - its certainly acceptable to them. What's even worse we found the same video through Apple's own YouTube application on the iPhone

Friday the 13th? "Duplicates functionality" coverall? Vestiges of the same Tweetie "Church Lady" reviewer? And will it get to the point where developers can cry "pocket rejection" or "incompetence" when even valid issues are raised by Apple? What do you think?

Comparative screenshots after the break...

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icebike says:

Perhaps I don't understand what Mippin is, but since the mippin web site says "Mippin couldn't be simpler; it works on any browser on any phone and gives you all your favorite content.", why in hell do they need an App?

Hakala says:

@icebike- you make an excellent point. I'm unsure that I myself would ever use this site/possible app; but it seems to me that it works just fine so as you said "why in hell do they need an app" couldn't have said it better.
Just thought this is interesting... A local church school in my city that a cousin of mine attnds released an iPhone friendly version of their site which hasn't been updated for years and I mean years. They've gotten a new principal and everything and no calendar updates and no new pics since like 2001. It's shameful that they try to look up to date like that. But yet funny all at the same time.