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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.

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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Apple being Apple
By bysmitty on 2/22/2010 12:32:04 PM , Rating: 5
Apple once again limits consumer choice and we're supposed to be happy about it. Thanks Apple for making decisions for me.

RE: Apple being Apple
By Suntan on 2/22/2010 12:52:35 PM , Rating: 2
Apple once again limits consumer choice and we're supposed to be happy about it. Thanks Apple for making decisions for me.

Well, you know your options.

A guy at work watches his (12yr old) daughter's web surfing like a hawk, yet he lets her play with her IPod touch with little interfearance. For that type of a person, the big brother overtones are probably a good selling feature.

If you want to use Apple stuff, you should already know you're getting into a one-way relationship, namely "enjoy it or hit the road." If your iHardon for Apple still stays stiff knowing you have little choice about such matters, chances are you won't mind these kinds of lockouts.


RE: Apple being Apple
By 91TTZ on 2/22/2010 1:10:48 PM , Rating: 2
LOL @ iHardon

RE: Apple being Apple
By Steven Morgan on 2/22/2010 1:37:17 PM , Rating: 2
I hate to see less choice in any marketplace, but this is a smart business decision by Apple. Let's face it, someone shopping for an iPhone or iPad probably isn't going to decide against purchasing one because he or she cannot download pr0n apps. However, if Apple's app store get's a reputation for being an adult Candy Land of boobies and muffins, then a lot of consumers will stay away. I suspect Apple concluded they would rather loose a few libertarian customers than the vast hordes of conservative Americans that don't want their neighbors to know that they enjoy practicing procreation.

RE: Apple being Apple
By kmmatney on 2/22/2010 6:51:35 PM , Rating: 2
Most of the porn web sites already have mobile versions. I'd rather have Apple spending time approving real apps, rather than waste time with this crap.

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