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Apple bans in-app comic for sexual content (Update: No)

Apple has refused to carry a comic, Saga #12, on app-based platforms due to gay sex scenes, according to a report. The comic’s writer, Brian K. Vaughan, said in a press release, “Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps.” Vaughan notes that Saga has “featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past.”

Notably, the comic should still be available in Apple’s iBookstore, according to publisher Image Comics. Apple is known for curating its App Store, but Comixology’s Comics app is rated as 17+. “Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity” is listed as one of the reasons for the rating. Other illustrations of sexual content and nudity have been allowed within the app — and in earlier issues of the same comic. [via Comics Beat, The Verge]

Update: Comixology CEO David Steinberger has released a statement noting Apple did not ban the comic; rather, Comixology did not release Saga #12 based on the company’s understanding of Apple’s policies. Steinberger notes, “We did not interpret the content in question as involving any particular sexual orientation, and frankly that would have been a completely irrelevant consideration under any circumstance.” Saga #12 will be available on the Comixology app soon.

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Comments

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I’m not sure the clarification exactly means “No” as your headline succinctly puts it.

Whether Apple actively refused to carry the issue specifically, or has policies in place that prevented the publisher from even attempting to allow consumers to buy it in a comic reader app is purely semantics. Either way, the same content they’re willing to allow you to buy in one context (the iBook store) is banned in another by boneheaded policies that benefit no one.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on April 10, 2013 at 11:44 AM (PDT)

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@1 - “Saga #12 will be available on the Comixology app soon”

It sounds to me like the comic will indeed be released in the app. As the statement reads, Comixology simply chose not to attempt a release based on their own interpretation of the App Store restrictions. So Apple did not ban anything, the content provider simply made a judgement call of their own. And it appears they have decided to reverse that choice. If you never ask the question, you may never really know the answer.

Posted by Mitch on April 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM (PDT)

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