Monday, April 17, 2017 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Flume Leaves the Mac App Store

Rafif Yalda (tweet, via Jeff Johnson):

Just minutes before submitting the update to Apple, we received notification from Apple that after re-reviewing our app by seemingly random selection, we had one week to make significant changes or be removed from the App Store.

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Flume’s operation is indeed not explicitly authorized by Instagram (said third-party). We make that clear in our Terms of Use. The reference to “third-party social media alterations” is a vague statement however, and the only issue they chose to highlight was Flume’s uploading capabilities.

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Unfortunately, as mentioned above, Apple chose to not reply, leaving us with very little recourse.

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The inconsistency of the decision strikes us the most however - 39 Instagram related apps still remain live on the App Store, 13 of which provide upload features[…]

Update (2017-04-17): Flume:

Just a quick update - we decided to try once more to get an answer about the inconsistencies and this time, they did reply (<24h ago).

Didn’t really answer our questions entirely, though this was a follow up to the new update which was rejected.

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