Anti-Apple app pulled from Apple App Store
Phone Story game attempts to raise awareness of social costs of iPhone and other gadgets
An anti-iPhone application has surfaced on Apple's App Store, for download to the Apple iPhone.
The ‘Phone Story' game, from Italian developers Molleindustria features four mini-games that highlight four contentious points about Apple and the production of the iPhone, according to TechCrunch.
The app, which lasted for seven hours before being pulled from the App Store, is billed as "Phone Story, the dark side of smartphones. An educational game about the social costs of gadgets."
The mini-games include catching suicidal employees of iPhone manufacturer Foxconn as they throw themselves from buildings; attempting to lure customers into Apple Stores on product launches to trap them in a cycle of planned obsolescence; unsafe processing of ewaste in Pakistan, and using armed guards to control miners of Coltan in the Congo, a mineral used in electronics components, that is often mined without regulation in DCR, with mining controlled by and used to fund militias.
On its website Molleindustria says that it "aims to re-appropriate video games as a popular form of mass communication. Our objective is to investigate the persuasive potentials of the medium by subverting mainstream video gaming clichè (and possibly have fun in the process)."
Before the app was banned, the developer had promised to donate money it made from it to organizations that are fighting corporate abuses, according to a statement on its website.
The App Store cited standard reasons for removing the app, including depiction of violence or abuse of children; excessively objectionable or crude content; and that in order to make donations to recognized charitable organizations the app must be free and able to collect donations via the web using Apple's Safari or SMS.