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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. hancoma's Avatar
      hancoma -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      /cue 1984 meets Minority Report style thought police

      They get you even before you get yourself!
      Agree. Elimination of choices limits thinking.
      See/read 1984, elimination of words makes the concept go away. No longer is BAD a word, it is simply NOT GOOD! Therefore bad is non existent...and no longer a concept...

      Then again, as we have seen over and over, it is typically the elite minority screaming the loudest to censor, control and limit our choices in music, video, and political correctness.


      I think a toggle would have been better than complete elimination.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Oh please. Why Apple start to care about this content now. Some apps on the store should never been approved in the first place.
    1. reddawg's Avatar
      reddawg -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      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.
      Like your avatar picture?
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      This is bad news. Once they go down this road it becomes harder to draw a line between what is considered sexual and what is not. Any game with a photo of a girl can be considered sexual in certain countries. Aera is a flying game that contains pictures of pinup girls along the sides of planes. That can be considered sexual by certain people. The SI Swimsuit app contains videos of naked models with body paint and can be considered sexual by lots of people. The UFC app contains their octagon girls which can be considered sexual. Even the Dallas Cowboys have an app with a section for their cheerleaders. That is sexual too.

      Where do they draw the line? This is a very slippery slope Apple is going down especially since they have a built in restrictions setting (with password) that adults can set for their children. This is just people being lazy and wanting a big corporation to parent their children. Pathetic.
    1. Zeal's Avatar
      Zeal -
      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.
      aLOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
    1. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      I'm all for pr0n, but honestly - all those "image gallery" type apps are really just an annoyance. Someone can sync real pr0n into their photo/video gallery if they want. Pity about more 'creative' apps like iWobble though...
    1. jbone1337's Avatar
      jbone1337 -
      did anyone even download those garbage apps lol? i dont really care either way but really, web is much better place. And even better then that is real life >.o
    1. adrian1480's Avatar
      adrian1480 -
      Quote Originally Posted by southfrisco View Post
      This is bad news. Once they go down this road it becomes harder to draw a line between what is considered sexual and what is not. Any game with a photo of a girl can be considered sexual in certain countries. Aera is a flying game that contains pictures of pinup girls along the sides of planes. That can be considered sexual by certain people. The SI Swimsuit app contains videos of naked models with body paint and can be considered sexual by lots of people. The UFC app contains their octagon girls which can be considered sexual. Even the Dallas Cowboys have an app with a section for their cheerleaders. That is sexual too.

      Where do they draw the line? This is a very slippery slope Apple is going down especially since they have a built in restrictions setting (with password) that adults can set for their children. This is just people being lazy and wanting a big corporation to parent their children. Pathetic.
      Apple = the new Nintendo.
    1. creasy425's Avatar
      creasy425 -
      @armored. Dude I'm a Christian born and raised myself, and porn apps in the app store doesn't affect/offend me one bit. I don't need em, but I'm not gonna bible beat anyone else into not enjoying them if they so choose. Worry about ur own soul before you worry about someone elses.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      good. nothing but garbage anyways
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      I could careless, just people trying to make a buck. Just remember no one makes you download them. If your that concerned about having porn on your iphone, I'm pretty sure there are streaming sites up for the phone by now. I don't believe the app store should be censored! Why doesn't apple have a 18+ selection, I'm pretty sure there's alot of money to be made if indeed porn was allowed in the app store $$$$!!!
    1. henners123's Avatar
      henners123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by zeoos View Post
      Nice one, taking out low quality pr0n materials from appstore.
      If they were high quality i'd be upset lol
    1. riizch's Avatar
      riizch -
      I just find it amusing that out of four pages of discussion regarding Apple's censorship of "overtly sexual" apps on the App Store, 99% of the people who argue in favour of the ban only do so on the grounds that the apps in question are pure crap, and not because they are morally questionable and/or offensive.

      It's called quality control, Apple. If they actually focused their energy on reviewing quality instead of content, browsing the App Store would be a better experience for everyone. People don't like being told what they can and can't do. People aren't stupid. If they want sex and nudity, they'll get it, and furthermore, people are fully-aware that their kids probably know more about how to find it on the internet than they do. Porn is everywhere. Get over it. Sure, you can ban it from the App Store, but do you really think that's going to stop little Johnny from finding it elsewhere? Why bother wasting time and money on such a futile exercise?

      Like people keep saying, have a toggle (or even a completely separate adult app store) for "questionable" content with a strict age varification process and a dedicated team to monitor legality issues, and it's done. People who want it can get it, people who don't want it can't/won't find it, and then you can focus your energies on proper, effective quality control of submitted apps, thus eliminating the drivel from the main app store and ensuring that inappropriate material doesn't find it's way in there.
    1. wezz69's Avatar
      wezz69 -
      If i wanna download or pay for any app, including sexually explicit 1s, then i will do. as long as there is a sufficient warning so under 18s cant download them, i dont see the problem. Yet another way a large corporation tries telling me what to do. "SphUCK" m all
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Lol, I guess no more late night escorts Rota
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      Looks like Apple has created an "explicit" category in the App Store for these apps to eventually go in to:

      AppleInsider | Apple creates 'explicit' category for App Store software
    1. ajl917's Avatar
      ajl917 -
      Or we could go to MMi's thread! haha

      Apple Bringing Sexy Back, Making "Explicit" Category on App Store?