Apple has banned an iPhone game called "Phone Story" from the App Store which aimed to "provoke a critical reflection on its own technological platform."
Italian game developers Molleindustria said that Phone Story aimed expose the "troubling supply chain that stretches across the globe" which lay under the "shiny surface of our electronic gadgets."
"Follow your phone’s journey from the Coltan mines of the Congo to the electronic waste dumps in Pakistan through four colorful mini-games. Compete with market forces in an endless spiral of technological obsolescence," said the game description.
Following a virtually immediate ban of the application, the developers contested two of the rejection reasons relating to donations since they said the app provided no such ability to donate inside the app.
They didn’t appear to contest Apple’s policy of "Apps that depict violence or abuse of children will be rejected", instead saying they were considering a new version that would depict children in "non-crude and non-objectionable way."
Molleindustria said that their 70 per cent cut of revenue would go to "organizations that are fighting corporate abuses."
Phone Story has since been launched on the Android platform.