FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) is nothing new in the world of Bitcoin; any rational arguments against insane claims that Bitcoin will take over the world are often met with chants of “FUD, FUD, FUD!” as a ward against evil or an attempt to discredit the source. FUD is more often shorthand for “this person must be lying” when uttered by bitcoiners. Recently they’re the ones spreading FUD, however.
As you may have seen recently, disgruntled Bitcoin aficionados have taken to destroying their iPhones to “protest” the Apple App Store removing Blockchain’s iOS app. They’ve accused Apple of violating antitrust laws, of being afraid of Bitcoin, and even of being part of the NWO conspiracy, and the tech “media” have taken these mischaracterizations and run with them, blindly reporting that Apple hates Bitcoin and that it’s trying to crush it.
What actually happened is much simpler. Blockchain broke the App Store’s rules (here is a mirror, in case you don’t have an Apple developer account). Repeatedly. So let’s take a look at some of the relevant guidelines:
2.4 Apps that include undocumented or hidden features inconsistent with the description of the app will be rejected
This is probably the greatest offender. Blockchain’s app repeatedly snuck in functionality to allow users to send and receive bitcoins through the app. In fact, their original iterations contained these features which Apple rejected, forcing them to remove them only to attempt including them again in later updates. This can be seen clearly in the following images:
This is what was submitted for approval. Note that it’s read-only
This is what was uploaded after approval. It includes send/receive functionality.
This is closely related to
11.1 Apps that unlock or enable additional features or functionality with mechanisms other than the App Store will be rejected
11.2 Apps utilizing a system other than the In App Purchase API (IAP) to purchase content, functionality, or services in an app will be rejected
In case it was in question whether Blockchain did all of this knowingly or were merely bumbling victims:
Ver himself knows that the app is on shaky ground.
Next up, we have the following, which is frequently quoted in numerous articles about the removal of Bitcoin apps such as Gliph, Coinbase, and Coinjar:
22.1 Apps must comply with all legal requirements in any location where they are made available to users. It is the developer’s obligation to understand and conform to all local laws
Given Bitcoin’s dodgy history and questionable legal status in numerous countries, this comes as no surprise. Finally, we have this:
2.12 Apps that are not very useful or do not provide any lasting entertainment value may be rejected
There you have it. Apple does not have some vendetta against Bitcoin, they are simply enforcing their developer guidelines. Any app that violates these, whether it deals in Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Amazon gift certificates, or any other currency can and will be removed. Don’t believe the hype, misinformation, and outright lies that the so-called tech “reporters” are presenting. We here at Buttcoin are dedicated to presenting the unbiased truth, as presented above.