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Apple exec Schiller speaks out on “sexy” app ban

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Tuesday, February 23, 2010
News Categories: Apple, Apps + Games

Phil Schiller, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, has made several comments regarding the company’s recent move to ban “overtly sexual” content from the App Store. In an interview with the New York Times, Schiller said the company was simply responding to complaints from App Store users. According to Schiller, the company had received “an increasing number of apps containing very objectionable content” from a small number of developers. “It came to the point where we were getting customer complaints from women who found the content getting too degrading and objectionable, as well as parents who were upset with what their kids were able to see,” Schiller said. He added, “[w]e obviously care about developers, but in the end have to put the needs of the kids and parents first.”

Some developers, such as Fred Clarke of the company On the Go Girls, had their entire catalogs removed from the store. “I’m shocked,” said Clarke, who said the company had not had a problem with its applications since the first one went on sale last June. “We’re showing stuff that’s racier than the Disney Channel, but not by much.” Clark also said the company had been making thousands of dollars per day from App Store sales. “It’s very hard to go from making a good living to zero,” he added. “This goes farther than sexy content. For developers, how do you know you aren’t going to invest thousands into a business only to find out one day you’ve been cut off?” When asked about apps such as the Sports Illustrated annual swimsuit issue app, which remains in the store despite offering content similar to that found in many of the banned apps, Schiller said Apple takes the source and intent of the apps into consideration. He said, “[t]he difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format.”

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“but in the end have to put the needs of the kids and parents first”

No, you don’t.  Parents need to put the needs of their kids first.  If they don’t want their kids seeing “racy” material, don’t buy them an iPhone.  You know, be a parent.

It’s not Apple’s job to determine what my kid sees, it’s mine.  What’s stupider is the idiots complaining to Apple because they want to have control over what their kids see, but they want to take away my control to do it.

Posted by SpoonmanWoS on February 23, 2010 at 1:50 PM (PDT)

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I’m so sick of these lazy parents that don’t feel like taking an active role in what there child is actually doing, so instead they complain until the entertainment industry does it for them and ruins it for everybody.

Posted by Greg K. on February 23, 2010 at 5:55 PM (PDT)

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Schiller said Apple takes the source and intent of the apps into consideration. He said, “[t]he difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format.”

What a load of crap. Hustler and Penthouse are well-known companies too. What about them?

Posted by Paul on February 23, 2010 at 7:25 PM (PDT)

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