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Apple removes apps deemed too racy

Anyone who uses an iPhone and has perused the most popular apps on the free side of the App Store has likely noticed that many of them most popular apps are adult in nature. For a long time Apple would not allow adult or pornographic apps onto the App Store, but it relaxed that policy over the last several months.

The 
Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has begun enforcing a more strict policy on adult apps than it has previously according to a person familiar with the matter. Apple has reportedly already removed the raciest of the adult oriented apps from the App Store. Two of the apps that have been removed include one that animates parts of women in photos and one for fans of a porn star.

Apple said in a statement, "If we find these apps contain inappropriate material, we remove them and request the developer make any necessary changes in order to be distributed by Apple."

According to Mac Rumors, 4,000 adult-themed apps were removed on Friday alone by Apple. ChilliFresh goes even deeper into the removals claiming that Apple's new restrictions ban “Images of women in bikinis” and that “No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content”.

The App Store clean up is thought to be part of housekeeping ahead of the launch of the iPad. Apps for the iPad and iPhone will operate on either platform and are expected to be a big part of the success of the iPad when it launches.

Apple has previously sparked controversy for approving the baby shaker app only to come back and remove it after complaints.



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Hmmmm...
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/22/2010 12:19:12 PM , Rating: 5
OK... so they ban the "Adult" apps. But that still leaves us with a fully functional and equally "adult"-prone Safari.app.

Apple is really barking up the wrong tree here. What good is it to implement parental controls in the App Store (and on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad) if you don't even give them a chance to work in the first place?




RE: Hmmmm...
By Souka on 2/22/2010 12:42:15 PM , Rating: 1
I just don't get why these are banned?

If a user chooses to get the content, so be it.

I could easily see it being blocked by default, but if the consumer chooses to enable the content they could.

I guess it's the religous right wing controlling businesses again...


RE: Hmmmm...
By stromgald30 on 2/22/2010 12:53:18 PM , Rating: 3
You do realize that you're supporting Libertarianism, which in the US is generally considered part of the right-wing, right?

First of all, it's doubtful that the Republicans have much influence at Apple, a very open and left-leaning company.

Secondly, this stinks more of the tactics of the Democrats (i.e. government control/authoritarianism instead of consumer choice / free market economy).

Personally, I think it's just the Apple App Store managers thinking they can fix the social ills of their users. No real political agenda here.

And IMHO, it's not a bad idea to lock up the adult stuff to a certain section of the app store that is only available if you pay a small fee each year. This gives parents some control/choice over what is available on their kid's phones.


RE: Hmmmm...
By toyotabedzrock on 2/22/2010 1:23:31 PM , Rating: 3
Please stop spreading your lies. Republicans have historically wanted to block adult material.

The only liberty they want is for the large companies to have the world as indentured servants.

The real reason Apple is acting this way might have something to do with China? Just a thought it might be connected.


RE: Hmmmm...
By Ammohunt on 2/22/2010 2:13:25 PM , Rating: 1
Two words Tipper Gore 1980's; look her up.


RE: Hmmmm...
By mcnabney on 2/22/2010 3:28:34 PM , Rating: 2
Ah yes, those warning stickers. I can clearly see how a public disclaimer to identify frequently objectionable content on a product that is generally marketed to minors would be considered a ban. You are a tool.

Face it, you've thrown your lot in with a bunch of pea-brained fascists that want to regulate everything to fit their own values. No amount of wharrgarbl is going to change the simple fact that the Democrats are still the party of freedom and the Republicans are still the party of repression. Just because you hate taxes and government inefficiency doesn't make you a Republican. If 2000-2006 didn't teach you that I don't know what will.


RE: Hmmmm...
By Ammohunt on 2/22/2010 11:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
Spoken like a true empty headed college sock puppet miming what your professors tell you never originating a thought you can call your own from that tiny little mind.


RE: Hmmmm...
By GodisanAtheist on 2/22/2010 6:01:05 PM , Rating: 2
One word: Any politician circa whenever they need to expand government control. Check it out.


RE: Hmmmm...
By GodisanAtheist on 2/22/2010 6:02:14 PM , Rating: 1
That's right, one word actually consists of 8 words and if you disagree you support child molesters.


RE: Hmmmm...
By rmclean816 on 2/23/2010 4:03:42 PM , Rating: 2
i think you support child molesters because of your post


RE: Hmmmm...
By RealTheXev on 2/25/2010 7:00:12 PM , Rating: 2
Don't forget Al Gore and Hillery Clinton. They tired to get rap music banned in the 90's


RE: Hmmmm...
By hiscross on 2/22/2010 3:49:08 PM , Rating: 2
Yea, maybe Apple likes people to Think they are liberal, open minded, anti-christian, anti-right or whatever are the latest words being used today to categorize people, but what they are is pure capitalist. They make products to sell, not share or give away ( they give a provide an additional product in a promotion, but even then they make a profit off that product). Their profit margins are some of the highest in the industry. They have very little foot print in any US government agency (I don't know about foreign governments) as well as little influence in the enterprise. They make their money selling to consumers. If you want Apple to go away, then turn the US into a socialist/communist country. Of wait, 1-20-2009 started that process.


RE: Hmmmm...
By keiclone on 2/23/2010 1:30:11 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
You do realize that you're supporting Libertarianism, which in the US is generally considered part of the right-wing, right?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nolan_chart


RE: Hmmmm...
By adiposity on 2/23/2010 1:16:08 PM , Rating: 2
I would only add to this...ever wonder why so many "liberals" vastly preferred Ron Paul over other Republicans and many Democrats?

Yes, typically libertarians are lumped in with Republicans, but it's only because they have a historical alliance. After the last republican presidency, many (including myself) became disgusted with loss of personal liberty in the Republican policies, and defected.


RE: Hmmmm...
By Suntan on 2/22/2010 12:58:13 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
I guess it's the religous right wing controlling businesses again...


Funny. Somehow I just don't see Jobs sitting at home watching many of Jerry Falwell's broadcasts.

I mean, at Apple, is there room for any of the other religion ?


RE: Hmmmm...
By callmeroy on 2/22/2010 12:56:47 PM , Rating: 2
I don't understand your shock at this....or anyone's. Apple isn't the government they are a publically traded company. They can deem what products they want associated with them or not. End of story. Period. Next topic. :)


RE: Hmmmm...
By ElderTech on 2/22/10, Rating: -1
RE: Hmmmm...
By Keeir on 2/22/2010 3:19:33 PM , Rating: 2
Hahaha... I hope your trolling.

Lets face it, in less than 30 seconds, an iphone (or ipod on WiFi) user can download all sorts of Hardcore Porn.

Most of the stuff in the App store is better than on nightly television!


RE: Hmmmm...
By WoWCow on 2/22/2010 1:25:35 PM , Rating: 5
Well, Apple Marketing 101-

If there is a defect (Yellow iMacs), we market it as a feature (3000$).

If there is a missing feature (Flash) we market it as a security measurement (iPhone/iPad apps).

If there is something we deem obscene (Adult entertainment) we take it out and market it as morally superior. (This article)

If someone died in the manufacturing of our product, we market it as a personal sacrifice in making our superior products. (Foxconn...)

If Steve Jobs tells you to buy it, you better buy it.


RE: Hmmmm...
By Omega215D on 2/22/2010 1:38:17 PM , Rating: 4
6. Nothing that can be sexually arousing!!

So does that mean they can't put anything about Steve Jobs or Apple products? We all know how much their fanboys get off on either of them.


RE: Hmmmm...
By Motoman on 2/22/2010 1:53:26 PM , Rating: 2
Pirks'll be here any minute - he just had something he had to work out...


RE: Hmmmm...
By Omega215D on 2/22/2010 3:17:08 PM , Rating: 4
It ain't a party without reader1 as well. The Ambiguously Gay Duo.


RE: Hmmmm...
By chagrinnin on 2/22/2010 8:43:13 PM , Rating: 2
When it says:

"You have reached the maximum number of votes for this user"

...are they talking per article,...or today,...or this week?

:P


RE: Hmmmm...
By Omega215D on 2/22/2010 9:23:13 PM , Rating: 2
don't worry someone else will rate me down for that comment.


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