Frederic Jacobs built an application called “Angry Syrians,” which is a parody of Angry Birds. Rovio, the company behind Angry Birds, gave Jacobs their approval to create the parody game. The game was made to raise awareness of the Syrian uprising violent conflict. Over 10,000 protestors have been killed in Syria along with over 3,000 armed combatants. Over 400 children have been killed (according to UNICEF) and 600 detainees and political prisoners have died while being tortured. Protestors have been demanding to end the five decades of Ba’ath Party rule, which has been led by President Bashar al-Assad since then.
“We found your app contains defamatory or offensive content targeted at a specific group, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines,” said Apple. The defamed group in this case is the Assad regime.
“Instead of having birds you have bombs that you can send on Assad and his thugs. It was never meant to be a commercial game. Just a fun side project coded in less than 6 hours,” says the description of the game. Jacobs wrote on his blog:
Early this week I got my iPhone app Angry Syrians rejected after more than 2 months of review. I’m not surprised though. Even though I had Rovio’s approval to publish it and got all approvals to use the graphic content I’m using, I knew Apple was going to find an reason to reject it.