Apple not responsible for banning Saga #12

It’s come to light that it was not, in fact, Apple that was responsible for banning Brian K Vaughan’s Saga #12. Comixology’s CEO David Steinberger has come out and announced that it was they who were responsible, based on their interpretation of Apple’s iTunes terms of service.

“In the last 24 hours there has been a lot of chatter about Apple banning Saga #12 from our Comics App on the Apple App Store due to depictions of gay sex. This is simply not true, and we’d like to clarify.

As a partner of Apple, we have an obligation to respect its policies for apps and the books offered in apps.  Based on our understanding of those policies, we believed that Saga #12 could not be made available in our app, and so we did not release it today.

We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.

Given this, it should be clear that Apple did not reject Saga #12.”