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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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By Badmoveapple on 2/22/2010 10:36:58 PM , Rating: 2
I am angered and disappointed at apple's decision to remove all apps that contain any sort of imagery of a woman even if fully clothed or in a bikini.  The reason given seems to be that parents complained.  What I want to know is why you guys are writing rules based on "little Johnny" looking at a woman in a bikini instead of writing rules based on the customers who paid 400 for a phone that is now being censored to an extreme that is beyond that of even your public, local, NBC tv channel.  Such measures are extreme and unwarranted.  Why do I get punished as a paying client for some parent who can't watch their child.  I do not appreciate being treated like a child.  I work hard for my money and decided to spend it with apple.  Now apple is censoring apps?  Since when is a woman in a bikini considered indecent anyway?  This is ridiculous!  I do not support it.  If apple wants to go down the road of extreme censorship they Lost this client for all their products and I am sure many others will follow.  Why don't you guys now remove safari from the phone.  I can pull that up right now and pull up 10 times worse content than you can find in any app.  And why is the playboy app still in the store?  Is it because their wallets are bigger than small developers who work just as hard to earn a living?  And further I don't buy the whole developers complainign story either.  If their apps can't compete with these apps well maybe they shouldn't be developing to begin with.  What I think is that what is really happening is that the same censor nuts who complained about women in bikinis in the app store, posed as developers to get apple's attention and to give their extreme concerns more meat.  What a slap in the face to legit programmers who made apple money from their, now considered, obscene apps.  I'm really disgusted on how apple has handled this whole thing.  I went from vz to AT&T to get this phone.  Have it for 2 months now i want to go back to vz to get a droid.  Maybe they know how to handle their clients with
more respect and not like children.

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