Apple declared war on iPhone apps with sexy content, banning many from the App Store. Is it fair to suddenly block apps that were previously approved?
A number of untold developers have reported that their apps have been removed from the app store for being “overtly sexual.” We’re not even talking about hardcore pornography, which was already banned. Almost any listing that dealt with babes in bikinis or sex tips/illustrations was purged. No one was safe…except for the official Playboy Magazine app.
Apple hasn’t officially explained their sudden dose of puritanism, but the move is likely part of an effort to make the App Store cleaner and more family-friendly. It’s also move that is truly unfair and completely devoid of logic.
I understand the need to make the App Store a sanitary environment, but it’s hard to defend that action when it comes months after companies have dedicated money and time building their apps. Seeing their work cast aside without warning or being grandfathered in to the new rules just doesn’t seem right.
It’s even harder to defend Apple’s actions when considering that I can get all the adult content my heart desires in iTunes. Is Apple going to comb through the thousands of R-rated movies in iTunes that include nudity? What about the episodes of Mad Men that are 80 percent likely to have a sex scene? It’s foolish to ban apps for being titillating when the next aisle of their marquee store has content that is just as overtly sexual.
Apple has a long history of inconsistent and questionable decisions regarding its app policy. The latest round is arguably one of the worst and should be reversed.
Do you think Apple made the right move by banning sexy apps?