Apple removes yet another app from the App Store: Slashed
There’s a serial killer on the loose, and he’s killing iPhone apps one by one. The criminal has already taken down NetSahre, Box Office, and I Am Rich – now he has his sights set on another: Slasher. The application in question has disappeared; the last place it was seen was the App Store, the same place the other three apps were last seen.
Perhaps the killer in question – whose name, we’re told, rhymes with Snapple – merely intends to throw us off with this latest Dexter-inspired stunt. Well, Slasher was nothing but a free app that displayed an image of a knife and played a “horror” sound when the user made a stabbing motion with the phone.
Developer Josef W. Wankerl lamented the demise of his app, fearing the worst. While authorities initially gave no indication as to why Slasher might have been chosen by the killer, they later told him that the app’s content could be considered “objectionable,” citing a little-known regulation that reads:
Apps must not contain obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgment could be found objectionable by iPhone and iPod touch users.
Of course, this raises more questions than it answers. For example, if Slasher’s content was objectionable, what was it doing on the App Store in the first place? And with such a broad motive, can the killer be apprehended? Especially when his methods can be seen as arbitrary.
For his part, Wankerl wants justice. He has appealed to the authorities to explain exactly what part of Slasher is objectionable. Could this be the end of the killer? Will we finally know where they are buried? NetShare, Box Office Y I Am Rich? Or will we not get answers about the motives for these murders?