Apple Comments on Removal of Sexual-content Apps
Following up on last night's story about the removal of apps with sexual content from the iTunes App Store, TiPb asked Apple for comment and they responded:
"Whenever we receive customer complaints about objectionable content we review them. If we find these apps contain inappropriate material we remove them and request the developer make any necessary changes in order to be distributed by Apple."
Developer Frasier Spears blogged about the plethora of sexually-based apps a couple weeks ago after exploring the deployment of the iPod touch at his school:
After some research, preference-tweaking and so on, I have one conclusion to share with you. Despite Steve's insistence that Apple wouldn't carry porn in the App Store:
The App Store is so full of soft porn apps that I cannot provide access to the App Store and comply with our acceptable use policies.
He went so far as to file radar bugs with Apple over the inability to filter out inappropriate content.
Putting aside the argument over whether or not Apple changed their policy yesterday or merely began more closely enforcing the policies announced in March, 2008, if filters can be created and deployed by iTunes such that users could control whether or not they (or their children, or whomever) could see sexual or violent or any other age-restricted content on the App Store, that might provide an ideal solution for all involved.
That, or Web Apps again become the alternate app s