WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Apple is known for keeping a pretty tight leash on apps, often blocking or refusing to sell programs it deems too offensive or too sexually suggestive.

The creator of an app that tracks published reports of American drone strikes around the world probably figured his program was in no danger of running afoul of Apple’s strict rules.

But this week, Metadata+ was removed from the App Store for having “excessively rude or objectionable content,” reports CNet.

The app was designed by Josh Begley, one of the editors of The Intercept, to publish data on drone strikes as collected by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Metadata+ has been available since early 2014, after it was rejected several times by Apple under its original name Drones+, according to Fast Company.

A second app created by Begley, Ephemeral+, which records drone strikes, has also been taken down, reports The Guardian.

Apple declined to comment on the issue but pointed the App Store guidelines that include the clause about objectionable content.

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