The short answer is that once you are a paid developer, you have paid support from developer relationships. I can't imagine Apple offering any unofficial or fluttering "you're good" without seeing the app
The good news is that Apple has now clearly formulated and very specific public guidance on what app notifications consider and specific security issues .
Apple's Review Guidelines will help you decide if you want to pay $ 100 to get a proper answer from Apple on your specific implementation of a front end to this site. (Although there is an API that lets you host it – looks like the site is having trouble hosting and has moved to paid access only)
1.1.1 Defamatory, discriminatory or blunt content, including references or comments on religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national / ethnic origin or other targeted groups, especially if the app is likely to humiliate, scare or place a targeted person or group in a way. Professional political satirists and humorists are generally exempt from this requirement.
The line for publishing free speech apps is that you will be held accountable for Apple's definition of ensuring a certain level of security for people who download your app.
To prevent abuse, apps with user-generated content or social
network services must include:
- A method of filtering offensive material from being posted to the app
- A mechanism for reporting offensive content and timely response to concerns
- Ability to block abusive users from the service
- Published contact information so that users can easily reach you
Now, how you value your time – I guess you would spend 10 times on legal advice so you understand the contract you sign to become a developer over $ 100 Apple costs to be a developer.
The control hierarchy is quite easy to see, even if you go back from the details of the app review. From the most rigorous to the least stringent Apple services:
- Most limited, if your app contains items that can be adult or critical or hateful. Expect Apple to look closely at an application that has some broad understanding of having racial undertones such as a Nazi Swastica or an American Confederate flag. Based on the country where you want to sell that app, you can expect to handle sensitive content with caution.
- Less limited is it if your app is a portal to user generated content. You must definitely disclose this, but there may be room for passing review when you do not post the content of your app.
- Even less limited is your item, is a book or music article – it is about expressing artistic and intellectual ideas, not that Apple supports your texts or fonts.
- The most free expression-friendly expression is a web app – just make your applications a progressive web app or offline web app, and there's no review. Anyone interested in participating in free speech is free to run your app without Apple or anyone else reviewing it. (Except perhaps the government where people live)
I would say, think of why your app must be in the App Store and not a web app if it is just a discussion forum or place for people to gather. Freedom of speech generally limits governments and not platforms and companies such as Apple or Stack Exchange, all of which publish policies that restrict speech on their platforms.