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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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RE: Same old thing.
By HotFoot on 2/22/2010 1:22:45 PM , Rating: 2
I think the problem has been that you sign into a 3-year contract worth a good chunk of change and find the ground shifting under you as the company changes policies. People who bought an iPhone two years ago are subject to these changes - but can they take their phone back to the store and get a refund and free termination of their contract after Apple makes any policy changes?

I think this has been a developing issue for a lot of business relationships - even ones not involving exchange of money. I'm thinking about the changing terms for Facebook, the latest (though hyped way out of proportion) Google buzz thing, and so on. Customers/users get into using something, and then the terms change. I think getting that long-term relationship balance right is something the industry is still sorting out.

RE: Same old thing.
By Motoman on 2/22/2010 1:29:12 PM , Rating: 2
The ground didn't shift under your feet after the fact - the Ts & Cs you signed on day one say something that ultimately says "Apple can do whatever we want, whenever we want, and you can stuff it if you don't like it."

RE: Same old thing.
By HotFoot on 2/22/2010 1:48:51 PM , Rating: 2
Fair enough... so I guess all I can do is sit back and laugh at anyone who agrees to such terms...

RE: Same old thing.
By Motoman on 2/22/2010 2:26:08 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Same old thing.
By chagrinnin on 2/22/2010 8:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
There used to be an app for that. :/

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