Apple Bans Wikileaks App from iPhones

Apple banned the Wikileaks iPhone app, determining it could hurt people, or is illegal, or both. The company didn't actually specify why 73 million iPhone owners are forbidden from using the app, but did coyly hint at the reason.

Apple's Trudy Muller told the New York Times the app "violated our developer guidelines. Apps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm's way." Of course, there is not a shred of evidence Wikileaks has harmed anyone, according to federal officials, and Wikileaks has not been convicted of violating any laws. But it's not like Apple needs any sensible justification to ban things, whether it's gay literature, political cartoons, fashion spreads, or gay nightclubs. If it's vaguely out there, like two dudes kissing, Steve Jobs and his content thugs want no part in it.

[iPhone image via William Hook/Flickr; Assange image via Getty]