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Pulitzer Prize Winner and Rejected Application Developer Gets Resubmission Request

Mark Fiore got a phone call from Apple requesting that he submit again his application NewsToon for re-evaluation.Mark-Fiore

He submitted his application last year but was rejected in December as being “defamatory”. The application is a collection of political spoof animations.

The twist came, Fiore became the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize after he took the plum for Editorial Cartooning this week for his work in SFGate.com.

He only revealed the rejection during an interview he gave after winning the Pulitzer. He was told that the application “ridicules public figures,” which is seen as a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which states that Apply may reject applications which in their evaluation “may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.”

He received the call from Apple after a public outcry occurred when he revealed his story. He actually felt guilty for getting preferential treatment because he won an award.