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  • Apple Banning "Overtly Sexual" Content on App Store


    Apple has reportedly started to remove titles from its App Store that it determines are "overtly sexual." This supposedly comes in response to "numerous complaints" from customers about sexual content on the App Store, and came to light this week after John Atherton (aka ChilliFresh), got a rejection letter from for his "Wobble iBoobs" app.

    TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid picked up the story after being alerted by Atherton, and did some careful research for his report. Kincaid found that many apps with titles suggesting adult content (e.g. “Beautiful Boobs”, “Sexy Girls Uncovered”, and “Sex Strip”) remain available for download, while some others such as “Exotic Positions” and “Sexy Women” now give errors when you try to download them. Despite the fact that "Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored)" - which allows users to add "jiggle points" to photos - has been available for over six months, hasn't been changed or updated in all that time, and has been downloaded over 970,000 times, Apple has only now determined that it is not "suitable for distribution." According to the letter Atherton received, the ban is due to complaints Apple has received.

    The App Store continues to evolve, and as such, we are constantly refining our guidelines. Your application, Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored), contains content that we had originally believed to be suitable for distribution. However, we have recently received numerous complaints from our customers about this type of content, and have changed our guidelines appropriately.

    We have decided to remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store, which includes your application.

    Thank you for your understanding in this matter. If you believe you can make the necessary changes so that Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored) complies with our recent changes, we encourage you to do so and resubmit for review.

    Sincerely,
    iPhone App Review
    Apple has come under fire in the past for what some have seen as overly heavy-handed policies regarding adult content. A dictionary app was rejected because users could look up dirty words considered "objectionable content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement." After repeatedly taking words out of the English dictionary and resubmitting the app, the developer finally gave in and accepted a 17+ rating so that the app could be acceptable under Apple's guidelines.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Banning "Overtly Sexual" Content on App Store started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      I agree that the attempts at porn in the Appstore have all been horrible and removing them won't personally affect me whatsoever. Still, a jiggle app isn't "porn" and even if it WAS, you should have a pretty good idea of it before downloading it, somehow being surprised and offended, then complaining to Apple.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      They should have made a toggle to block adult apps. I know there is parental control features but it would block apps that are not sexual in nature
      The simple thing to do is an age verification system associated with iTunes accounts. I do not know why they don't do that
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      i wont be the one to say that the religion comments are pretty bogus. oh wait i just did completely unintentionally
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Who cares? The Safari app can access a website called google, who knew. Good on Apple, maybe people will quit buying and downloading this crap and the devs will stop clogging up the App Store with this garbage. This is the exact time when Apple should be encouraged to drop the hammer.
    1. JStraitiff's Avatar
      JStraitiff -
      ^^ i vote everyone complains about every sound board they can find over and over until those are gone too
    1. kraziebone's Avatar
      kraziebone -
      ^are you complaining?

      Everyone is saying if you don't want it don't download it but if you do a search for just about anything you find these soft porn apps everywhere and you have to sift throught it all. I don't want my kid running into this everytime he does a search in the AppStore. There really does need to be a toggle for it
    1. Brinky's Avatar
      Brinky -
      Oh why won't apple remove Safari from the iPhone? Do they not know how many naked photos I can see and the number of web sites I can visit that can steam hard core porn right to my iPhone? I am offended that apple would allow such a disgusting app to be put on my iPhone.

      Dear God please think of the children!!!!



      If any one needs a list of such sites, let me know and I will be happy to share the best of what I have found so far.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      They were all lame anyways and just added more garbage apps to the store
      Very True.

      It's not like your p0rn app is your girlfriend.
    1. capttanhowdy's Avatar
      capttanhowdy -
      It's a RETAIL STORE... If you don't like it, don't buy it... Holy crap... get over it people
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by awesomeiPod View Post
      Very True.

      It's not like your p0rn app is your girlfriend.
      no wait no wait they "had" an app for that. xD
    1. eisforepileptic's Avatar
      eisforepileptic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Armored View Post
      Yes!! thank you, apple. This is a plus for any religious iphone user. Really for ANY iphone user.
      Seriously? Why not force your ideas on everyone? Not every iPhone user is an overly religious (i.e. Christian) person. Sounds like the golden trumpet of independence and freedom being muted, not sounded. Please keep your stifling viewpoints to yourself. kthxbye
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Lol as this makes a difference, you can get proper porn through the iPhone's Safari browser
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      /cue 1984 meets Minority Report style thought police

      They get you even before you get yourself!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      They were all lame anyways and just added more garbage apps to the store
      i agree i cant even go to a category in the appstore without seeing.."BOOBS" or stupid garbage. if we really want porn we know where to get it. leave it off the app store.
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Armored View Post
      Yes!! thank you, apple. This is a plus for any religious iphone user. Really for ANY iphone user.
      No, it's not.

      Religions are about making a better choice in the face of tempting things, not neutering your choices before you make them.

      Supposing good can be done by removing free will is a lie from the pit.
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      If i wanted to look at softcore porn id google images. There plenty of websites out there that have good quality .mp4 porn to stream. I dont beleive in the censorship but I cant say im sad to see some of that trash go.
    1. pyromcr's Avatar
      pyromcr -
      this is why cydia is awesome. no filters!
    1. Armored's Avatar
      Armored -
      I guess I'm glad to see them go, but it is another bad move for apple and us that they are so controlling. I think if they could just seclude the stuff. That way they're not censoring anything, but we won't see it while browsing. Sorry if religion offends you, buddy, but i don't want to see that crap. If they keep it, keep it separate.
    1. Spenny's Avatar
      Spenny -
      They banned a dictionary app because it contained bad words? holy **** apple, thats what a dictionary is for! To look up words!
      What's next? Is apple going to ban dictionaries because the start of the word is a reference to slang for male reproductive organs? Or maybe to play it safe, apple will ban apps if they contain the letter a, e, i, o, u, and maybe y,
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      Lol as this makes a difference, you can get proper porn through the iPhone's Safari browser
      Yeah, but it is a good way to get porn cookies on your iPhone. (Probably won't happen.) Ever thought of that?

      The issue may or may not appear if Flash gets made for the iDevices or through apps.