Basecamp’s protest of Apple’s policies is already benefiting other developers

published 24.06.2020 08:00

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That’s one reason I suspect Basecamp’s public protest of Apple and its App Store policies has gotten so much traction.

The company has submitted a new version of Hey that meets the strict letter of Apple’s rules but clearly defies their spirit: the company will now offer iOS users a free temporary Hey email account with a randomized address, just so the app is functional when it is first opened.

Nick Statt had the surprising news at The Verge: Apple today announced two major changes to how it handles App Store disputes with third-party developers.

First, developers will not only be able to appeal decisions about whether an app violates a given guideline of the App Store Review Guidelines, but will also have a mechanism to challenge the guideline itself,” reads a press release from Apple published this afternoon.

So the decision is largely symbolic, but it helps Twitter stake out a position of acknowledging and acting on Trump’s problematic social media posts — in contrast with Facebook, which has kept a largely hands-off approach but did remove a Trump ad for using Nazi imagery last week.