Apple rejects iPhone app designed to detect net neutrality violations

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Apple recently rejected an iOS app that purports to detect net neutrality violations, according to a new report from Motherboard. The app in question, which is called Wehe and was created by Northeastern University researcher David Coffnes, is designed to measure download speeds from a group of seven popular mobile-based services, including YouTube, Amazon, NBCSports, Netflix, Skype, Spotify, and Vimeo. In turn, users of the app are subsequently asked to take part in a research study whereby the data tabulated via the initial download speed test is examined for any overt evidence of throttling from carriers.

Regarding Apple's decision to ban the app, the company told Coffnes that Wehe is an app that, quite simply, lacks any semblance of utility for the end user. Apple explained that Coffnes' app "may mislead users by providing inaccurate determinations … specifically, your app is marketed to users as a way to check if their carrier is violating net neutrality. However, your app has no direct benefits to the user from participating in the study."

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