Sayches has condemned Apple's App Store policy after the US tech giant refused to allow the new social media platform onto its App Store. In response to Sayches' application, Apple sent the following statement: “We continue to find that your app displays user generated content anonymously but does not have the proper precautions in place.”
Sayches now plans to work on a feature-rich web app which will run in Safari, thus circumventing Apple's denial of entry into a system that some deem monopolistic. Furthermore, Sayches' API is now public and available for all developers. Sayches has also set up an open-source repository for the mobile application, which will enable users who want to build their own Sayches' applications.
“We started from a principle of freedom of the internet. This is our motto,” said Sayches CEO. “Sayches was started so that people could retain access to a free flow of information. For this reason, we are telling our users that Sayches will not be available on the App Store or Play Store. It will only be available on the web or any other non-monopolistic store that respects our basic principles.”
Sayches has noted that Google's Play Store represents a less restrictive development environment, because developers can install self-hosted apps as an Android Package (APK). But the search-engine titan's perceived lack of respect for privacy and internet freedom has led Sayches to think twice about housing its platform on Play Store.
It's still unclear exactly why Apple refused Sayches entry to the App Store, beyond what can be gleaned from the response printed above. But what seems clear is that the tech giant is resistant to any platform that keeps users' identity anonymous and attempts to safeguard people's freedoms and right to express ideas without fear of cancellation or public reprisal.
For now, Sayches is moving forwards, towards its goal of ensuring the internet is a free space that is not controlled by a few, extremely powerful companies.