John Paczkowski, AllThingsD:
At the time of its disappearance, word on the street had it that Apple banished the app for violation of an App Store Review Guideline clause that states:
2.25 Apps that display Apps other than your own for purchase or promotion in a manner similar to or confusing with the App Store will be rejected.
And that was indeed the case — partially. Apple confirmed to AllThingsD Monday that it removed AppGratis from the App Store for violating clause 2.25. But it said that the app also violated clause 5.6.
5.6 Apps cannot use Push Notifications to send advertising, promotions, or direct marketing of any kind.
Great. With any luck, they’ll start booting out some of the other apps that send spammy Push Notifications.