Facebook developer slams Apple censors

The man behind Facebook's iPhone app has called for Apple to scrap its policy of reviewing and rejecting apps submitted to the App Store.

Joe Hewitt, who developed Facebook for iPhone, said that "Apple does not have the means to perform thorough qualityassurance on any app".

He added that the App Store should be like the open nature of the web which he says "has served millions and millions of people quite well for a long time now".

Hewitt stressed that his views were those of his own but he is a prominent figure among developers, an engineer at Facebook and the main developer behind the social network's iPhone app.

Apple applies a rigirous approval procedure for apps submitted to its hugely popular App Store. But it has recently been criticised for allegedly operating an opaque process and rejecting some seemingly harmless apps.

The latest involves the Google Voice App. It's unclear whether or not Apple has rejected the app but the usual two week period it takes to review apps has expired.

Apple has rejected a number of apps from the App Store on the grounds of taste and decency.

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