Shapiro takes on Apple’s uncharitable policy

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Jake Shapiro of Public Radio Exchange challenges Apple’s prohibition on iPhone applications that solicit donations for charitable causes in a guest article for Ars Technica. “The excuse that ‘Apple doesn’t want to be held responsible for ensuring that the charitable funds make it to the final destination‘ is a cop-out,” Shapiro writes. “Apple, of all companies, can’t credibly say it’s not up to the technical and logistical challenge.” The policy presents an “acute problem” for public media, which depends on listener contributions to support content that is “hugely popular” across Apple’s iTunes and iPhone/iPad platforms. Shapiro is responding to Ars Technica’s earlier reporting on how iPhone users reacted to “push notification” fundraising appeals from This American Life.