Cartoonist: Apple Backs Down After Denying iPhone App

The cartoonist who won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning this week says Apple (AAPL) has asked him to resubmit an iPhone app that it earlier rejected because it “ridicules public figures.”

Mark Fiore, who won the prize for animations that ran on SFGate.com, submitted an iPhone app to Apple last year and received an email informing him that his application had been denied, according to a post by Laura McGann at Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. In an email that Mr. Fiore said was from Apple, the company wrote that the app was being rejected because it “contains content that ridicules public figures.”

According to the email, the app was in violation of a clause in the iPhone developer agreement that allows Apple to reject materials that it believes may be found “objectionable.”

But a representative from Apple called the cartoonist Thursday and suggested that he resubmit the app, Mr. Fiore said in an interview. “I feel kind of guilty,” he said. “I’m getting preferential treatment because I got the Pulitzer.”

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