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  • iChatr Pulled From App Store Over "Inappropriate" Use



    It will come as little surprise to many that the iChatr app has been removed by Apple. To be sure, nothing was wrong with the app itself. The problem, however, had to do with how people were using it. Often likened to Chatroulette in concept, iChatr lets users randomly connect with other users via the iPhone 4 - sort of like what an internet dating service would provide, minus all the needless attention on predetermined compatibility.

    As it turns out, Apple felt it had no choice but to pull the plug after one too many complaints were filed noting that users were... shall we say, using iChatr inappropriately. As reported by 9to5Mac, "The iChatr application has currently been removed from the App Store due to reports of a number of users exposing themselves during the random video chat sessions." Oh, the joys of a front-facing smartphone camera! And unless the developer figures out a way to curb this unfortunate trend, it looks as though iChatr won't be able to call the App Store home. Of course, it is a safe bet that any app capable of randomly pairing iPhone 4 owners in a video chat will ultimately have similar problems.

    A few days after iChatr was released, I was contacted by more than a few iChatr users who expressed their concern with the company they found themselves keeping. Although no one reported the same problem to me that allegedly caused Apple to swiftly yank the app, one MMi reader bluntly put it this way: "I've never met creepier people in my life." To be fair, it's nearly impossible to fault the app's makers, Apple, or the iPhone 4 for this issue. Whenever random video chats are possible, the possibilities (good or bad) are endless. And it's only a matter of time before incidents like these are "exposed" - pun intended.

    9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iChatr Pulled From App Store Over "Inappropriate" Use started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 133 Comments
    1. socalkevin212's Avatar
      socalkevin212 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      This is why Cydia was made. =D
      If the majority on there were guys anyway... Imagine if it was released on Cydia. I'm guessing that 98% of people with future jailbroken iPhone 4's will be males.... How much MORE of a c0ckfest would it be then? lol
    1. Blufox's Avatar
      Blufox -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brian @ Knocking Live View Post
      We never had such a service. Our service has been the same since we released in December. We've never been in any danger of being shut down. In fact, our service was personally approved for the App Store by Steve Jobs, and since then we have had an excellent relationship with Apple.

      You also don't need to use other apps to search our user base. There is a built in search function along with an invite system thru Facebook, Twitter, and email. We're working on expanding the friend finding capabilities as well.
      I stand corrected! I must have been thinking of another app from back in the beginning of the 3g days with a similar interface when it came to colors and what-not ( No surprise there ). I probably got it mixed up with something like the FFM user lists.

      Edited my initial post to reflect that. Don't want to steer people away from an app with false information! :]
    1. a5hl3y2k6's Avatar
      a5hl3y2k6 -
      does anyone have the ipa for this file? and would upload it, id like a copy for when the jailbreak is ready,
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by a5hl3y2k6 View Post
      does anyone have the ipa for this file? and would upload it, id like a copy for when the jailbreak is ready,
      So you would like to see a c*ckfest?
    1. a5hl3y2k6's Avatar
      a5hl3y2k6 -
      No lol But want the app as I will avoid the cocks and use it properly. Lol that's If I don't get pissed off swiping my finger till I find a normal person without their cock in their hand lol
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      ^ someone didn't read the rules, we don't support warez on MMi, they're illegal and imorral
    1. blainesill's Avatar
      blainesill -
      Is it really illegal when the app in question was free to begin with?
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      I'm not a lawyer, and it doesn't matter; we don't talk about warez on MMi
    1. bobright's Avatar
      bobright -
      Quote Originally Posted by a5hl3y2k6 View Post
      No lol But want the app as I will avoid the cocks and use it properly. Lol that's If I don't get pissed off swiping my finger till I find a normal person without their cock in their hand lol
      It's ok Ashley just realized you are (most likely ) female which is perfectly normal. lol
    1. highrider17's Avatar
      highrider17 -
      some funny stuff
    1. bholloway's Avatar
      bholloway -
      Haha thats awesome
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      Quote Originally Posted by luvmytj View Post
      Maybe Apple should remote kill all machines that have visited porn sites too? What do ya think?

      I sure hope your little girl doesn't watch TV, use the internet, or even go outside your house. She will be exposed to bad things! Come on people! I hope you don't really believe the post you made. Everyone is exposed to everything unless you keep em' caged up in your house with no outside media. The corporate giants need to leave the censorship to the adults. Your little girl shouldn't be using someone else's iPhone in the first place. And if she is, I would hope the owner would be aware of the app since they downloaded it.
      The main point here is people need to be responsible for themselves and their children. You should not rely on big corporations, schools or governments to regulate your common sense issues in life!
      Even locked up without media their "little girl" will get bored and discover ways to amuse herself...
    1. pdiddy21502's Avatar
      pdiddy21502 -
      is anyone actually suprised. Random people do random stuff