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Developer pulls 'Hottest Girls' pornographic app [u]

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Thu June 25, 2009

Porn app removed

The controversial Hottest Girls, pornographic app has been pulled from the App store. Although the removal initially was blamed on Apple, the developer claims to have discontinued further downloads due to server usage. The title is said to be the first to include full or partial nudity, with a 17+ rating for "Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity."

The app developer Allen the Geek and Apple were blasted by organizations such as MediaMarch, a group that believes pornography inspires crimes such as rape and murder. "It is being packaged in a tempting way and will be disastrous for youngsters who are not equipped to deal with such content," MediaMarch co-founder Miranda Suit told MailOnline.

Media coverage following the app's release likely contributed to a flood of downloads. ATG claims the removal was necessary to prevent the servers from crashing, although the app should still work for any current users. "To answer the question on everyone's mind: Yes, the topless images will still be there when it is sold again," the developer says.

Apple is expected to loosen restrictions on App Store content, as the iPhone 3.0 firmware integrates parental controls. The company has rejected a number of apps due to offensive language. A Tweetie update was halted due to foul language in the search results, while the e-book reader Eucalyptus was initially rejected because of links to Project Gutenberg which offers the Kama Sutra. Apple eventually reversed course and approved both titles.

Despite Apple's tight control over App Store content, critics argue that users can easily reach offensive content from Safari. A number of pornographic sites are optimized specifically for the iPhone's browser, with content such as images or videos that could be considered more offensive than the topless photos contained in Hottest Girls.

Despite the new parental controls, the first apps containing nude images are still testing the waters. It remains unknown if Apple will react to family groups and place limits on pornographic content.




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  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    Wrong.

    The developers requested a temporary hold on new sales of the app, because its popularity was overwhelming their server (where the app pulls its images from).Journalism occasionally requires fact-checking. You might want to look into it. http://www.pcworld.com/article/167383/updateapplepullshottestgirlsp***appfromitunes

  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Argh...

    MacNN's stupid comments engine is distorting that URL, so here's a TinyURL version of it:
    http://tinyurl.com/lbjyzw

  1. ebeyer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Walled gardens..

    The trouble with the 'walled-garden' model of iPhone applications is that Apple becomes responsible for what grows in its garden. If the App store were wide open, or if apps could be installed without Apple's say-so (eg. legal jailbreaking) then Apple would have nothing to say about pornographic or other offensive content being used on its phones. That is certainly the case on its computers.

  1. pt123

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    hot girls

    It is just pictures right? Couldn't the iPhone user just search the internet for hot babes without paying for the app?

  1. 010111

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    hmmm...

    "a group that believes pornography inspires crimes such as rape and murder."

    i suppose they can believe that. it doesn't make it true however.

    in fact the rise in accessibility of pornography in the past 30 years has been in line with a decrease in rape.

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/rape.htm

    the term "rape" has been substantially broadened since 1973 as well. and this is with reporting of rape increasing by 1/3 in the past 15 years.

    i know it is a correlation / causation issue... (pirates / global warming) but it is hard data with a seemingly obvious relationship... enough so that there is a group saying the opposite when looking at the same statistics.

    the fact that they bring up "youngsters" would make this graph relevant as well.

    http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/glance/offage.htm

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    seriously?

    There was that much interest in an app where you could get pictures of topless girls? Really? Wow, talk about the stupidity of the American iPhone user. They could just try this: Google "Topless hot women". Well, until Apple pulls Safari because it can be used to download naked girls.

    But it shouldn't be surprising, seeing all the commercials for kids (oh, I mean young adults) to text to some address to have pictures of hot women texted to their phone to use as wallpaper.

  1. macnixer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Welcome to future

    @testudo: "Well, until Apple pulls Safari because it can be used to download naked girls."

    You mean "naked girl pictures"?

    I sure wish we could down;load naked girls. Talk about transmogrification.

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