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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. glendoor's Avatar
      glendoor -
      HAHAHA! Classic Apple
    1. kmmxracer's Avatar
      kmmxracer -
      Wow. That's all I can say
    1. LittleJob's Avatar
      LittleJob -
      Good. Lol it was all dudes and half of them would flash their "goods"
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Sounds like Photoswap all over again except this time it's video.
    1. Matt27272's Avatar
      Matt27272 -
      It's just Steve Jobs trying to "protect us from porn".
    1. monk444's Avatar
      monk444 -
      Ya I saw waaaaaay too many losers tuggin their pud.......and a bunch of molester lookin dirtbags.....my first minute on there I saw a couple engaging in what appeared to be the reverse cowgirl......omg
    1. fventura03's Avatar
      fventura03 -
      aw i didn't even know this app existed, i wanted to meet a cute girl like the one in the image. he he he
    1. 01grander's Avatar
      01grander -
      Apple thinks they are the morality police....just mark it as mature and restrict access.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Ditto the "WOW", way to go apple !!!!
    1. robertr1's Avatar
      robertr1 -
      Anyone who's ever been on chatroullete for more than about 2 minutes could have seen this coming.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      man there's a dude showing his pipi rightnow lol
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      This is why Cydia was made. =D
    1. dbizzy1's Avatar
      dbizzy1 -
      People crack me up...this comes as no surprise
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      next update Apple will be pulling Face from iphone 4, because people tend to abuse it, rather than use in the proper way. just watch lol
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      This is the first post on modmyi that ive seen all day. At least it was funny. Don't get me wrong.... I'd rather there be no news, than the same "old" news.

      Thanks Messany, for at least keeping us tuned in.
    1. ~rage's Avatar
      ~rage -
      Jeez, another example of Apple playing overbearing mother.

      They should have just had the app marked as 'mature' and been don with it. And to everyone who complained, guess what, no one was forcing to use it. Just hit the install button and stfu.

      EDIT: thank god for cydia
    1. Venom1234's Avatar
      Venom1234 -
      This is epic
    1. TheGrandFinale2001's Avatar
      TheGrandFinale2001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by 01grander View Post
      Apple thinks they are the morality police....just mark it as mature and restrict access.
      That is exactly what they need to do. Not sure why it would be so hard to just put a disclaimer in the app store or the app itself
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      I don't agree with how Apple kills apps to their discretion! But, some of you who don't look at the other side of the picture...imagine your 13 year old kid sister, niece, or DAUGHTER, wanted to open this app on "who ever's phone" to harmlessly chat with a boy gets a video chat with a 20-60 year old pervert pulling out his "obviously UNWANTED" junk while he's unmeaningly destroying this little girls perception of the male species.

      I can honestly see how Apple is pulling the plug here. It's called C.Y.A!!! And that's what corporate giants MUST DO!!
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      right now im really mad... for reasons yall dont need to know but anyways... some of yall are pervs... would u like your daughter or wife or mother on there like that seeing and doing all that stuff? or would you like to see ur son or brother showing his junk to you? wait some of u prob wouldnt care and just sit there and watch like the little pervs some of you are... No matter how much yall say Apple isnt the moral police they kinda are.... its there responsibility to keep crap off the app store.. there are already enough pervs and weirdos in the world.... there are millions of kids with ipod touchs and iphone that dont need to go to the appstore and check out the top apps and see stuff like that and turn into.... even if it is marked explicit, most of the kids dont have a parental control on there account or will get hold of it.... i know there are already enough sources that give that stuff and kids can get hold of it but there dosent need to be another.... if yall want this stuff then sure go to android.... im with apple on this one