Apple Did Remove Porn iPhone App
Posted on Fri, 26 Jun 2009 11:30:00 CDT | by Robert Evans | Topic: Apple
Here comes another batch of drama over the pseudo-pornographic 'Hottest Girls' iPhone app. When it first went up on the iTunes App Store, speculation lit up across the fansites that Apple had loosened their content requirements and decided to allow pornographic apps. Later that same day however, the app went down and ceased being available for download.
At first the app developer claimed that the drop was due to the popularity of the dirty app. They claimed it had put too great a strain on the image server and needed to be removed while they fixed things up. This only sounded vaguely plausible when we first heard it, and in light of recent news it's pretty clear that the developer's claims were a big load of hooey.
Apple PR spoke to CNN about the event and delivered this quote;
“Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography. 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.”
So basically what happened was this. The developer went to Apple and showed them an app without any actual dirty pictures. Apple approved it, the developer altered the app to include dirty pictures, and Apple removed the app from their store as a result. Score one win for Apple, and one loss for lovers of dirty pictures everywhere.