Jobs Says Rejecting Pulitzer Prize Winner's App Was a "Mistake"

Apple CEO says rejecting cartoonist's app was a mistake his company is fixing

By Sajid Farooq
|  Monday, Apr 19, 2010  |  Updated 5:45 PM CDT
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When you win a Pulitzer Prize and Apple still rejects your app, Steve Jobs says it's a mistake.

Reports leaked Friday that Apple refused to allow recently crowned Pulitzer prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore's app onto its coveted virtual store.

Apple rejected NewToon because it violated the company's iPhone Developer Program license agreement, which says, in part, apps cannot contain "content that ridicules public figures...that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory."

Of course Fiore is famous for his satirical Flash animations poking fun at everyone from President Barack Obama to Hamid Karzai. That's what the Bay Area-based artist is famous for and why he has so many fans.

And one of those fans took a moment to lash out by email at Apple's CEO Steve Jobs, who is known to respond on occasion.

“Editorial cartoons of all stripes should get a pass when it comes to the license agreement with the exception of those that espouse violence,” Robert Williamson wrote in his email to Jobs, according to the New York Times.

To Williamson's amazement, Jobs responded: “This was a mistake that’s being fixed.”

Of course the message was sent from Mr. Jobs' iPad.

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