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Apple: We will not distribute pornographic apps

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By Charles Starrett

Contributing Editor
Published: Friday, June 26, 2009
News Categories: Apps + Games

Following yesterday’s report of an iPhone app touting nudity as one of its selling points, Apple has released a statement saying it will not distribute such applications. Hottest Girls from developer Allen Leung was pulled from the store yesterday afternoon following widespread publicity of the app’s new adult content; the developer blamed the app’s disappearance on heavy server loads. “The server usage is extremely high because of the popularity of this app. Thus, by not distributing the app, we can prevent our servers from crashing… Yes, the topless images will still be there when it is sold again,” said a statement on Leung’s website. It appears, however, that Apple may have had a hand in its removal, and will likely not allow the application back on the App Store in its current form.

“Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography,” Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNN. “The developer of this application added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed, and after the developer had subsequently been asked to remove some offensive content. This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program. The application is no longer available on the App Store.” Despite the strong statement from Apple, the App Store listing for Hottest Girls showed the app as being rated 17+ for “Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity,” suggesting the company was prepared to allow apps with adult content onto the store.

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1

Idea:

Make it so that 17+ apps disappear from the store unless you have a valid account with a valid credit card issued in your name.

Posted by Oboewan on June 26, 2009 at 10:52 AM (PDT)

2

Oboewan, how many kids have iTS accounts with their parents credit cards?

Posted by dave on June 26, 2009 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

3

@Dave: operative words being “in your name.”

Posted by Oboewan on June 26, 2009 at 1:32 PM (PDT)

4

Way to go Apple, you’ve pulled pulled your head 1 foot out of your ### only to shove it back up 3 feet more.

Posted by Greg K. on June 26, 2009 at 3:37 PM (PDT)

5

You don’t need an App to view such content, you have a web browser. So I really don’t see what the fuss is about.

Posted by Dave95 on June 26, 2009 at 7:48 PM (PDT)

6

..... and yet they would distribute games that Shakes Babies to DEATH…... WHATEVER!!

Posted by DJ on June 27, 2009 at 5:09 PM (PDT)

7

Yet again we have the case where violence is ok for kids but sex isn’t. In the words of the late great Richard Pryor, “... I don’t understand it. Myself, I’d rather c*m (than shoot someone)”.

I probably wouldn’t download a porno app, but I can’t seem to understand how its ok to kill people in a game, but not ok to ogle at beautiful women. In life, something is needed for procreation and it isn’t violence.

Posted by sreedhar on June 28, 2009 at 9:38 PM (PDT)

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