Apple removes iPhone game based on Foxconn suicides from App Store

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Apple has banned a politically charged iPhone game that tackles human rights issues associated with mass-produced electronics.

Benjamin Poynter‘s In A Permanent Save State is a surreal and visually striking interactive narrative that the creator says imagines the spiritual afterlife of seven overworked laborers who have committed suicide, alluding to real-life events at Foxconn’s electronics manufacturing plants in 2010. But the game was quietly removed from the App Store less than an hour after it went live earlier today.

It’s unclear which part of Apple’s guidelines the company claims the game violated, but sources familiar with Apple’s review process have pointed us to app guidelines against “objectionable content,” (16.1) and…

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