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Apple pulls Hottest Girls pornographic app

updated 07:15 pm EDT, Fri June 26, 2009

Apple pulls porn app

Apple on Friday confirmed it has removed Hottest Girls from the App Store due to images of topless women. Developer Allen Leung initially claimed to have 'sold out' of the app and removed the title on his own will due to server usage, but the inaccurate explanation was later removed from the site.

"Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography," a company representative told CNN.

Despite early reports that the app was reviewed and approved with the adult content, Apple has accused the developer of sneaking the content onto the app after an acceptable version was approved. Leung allegedly ignored further requests that the questionable images be removed. "This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program," the statement reads.

Although the new iPhone 3.0 firmware contains parental controls that may lead to additional flexibility, Apple has reiterated its stance on pornographic content. Critics of the company's review policy are quick to point out the availability of iPhone-optimized content on pages accessible via Safari, with many of the pictures and videos arguably more offensive than topless models.




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  1. Salty

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Understandable.

    Understandable, anyone who wants to make apps for the iPhone can do so, anyone can even make web apps and optimized pages. However Apple doesn't want to be a p*** distributer, regardless of how much extra coin they can make. Frankly the people who want it know how to get it, we don't need an app for that.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +15

    not pornography

    Topless women ≠ pornography

    Only in this country (US) would someone think that.

  1. umijin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    not pornography

    Topless women ≠ pornography

    Only in this country (US) would someone think that.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    same here

    I am very sure the native people living in the Amazon forest will say naked body ≠ pornography either. Only the rest of the world would think naked body = porno.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +8

    naked body

    A full naked body is not p***, maybe a wrong dresscode in some places but not porno. Don't they have nudist camps in the VS?

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Not p***

    but inappropriate content nevertheless, on the terms of App Store. There are places where this kind of pictures is ok, so what? App Store has its own rules and the developer knew he will be busted with 90% probability.

    P.S. For those who wants to have nudity/p*** etc. on their iPhones - nothing stops you from uploading this stuff anyway. If someone doesn't want to be a p*** outlet (Apple) then it doesn't mean they are trying to limit your choice (the consumer).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Re: Not p***

    If someone doesn't want to be a p*** outlet (Apple) then it doesn't mean they are trying to limit your choice (the consumer).

    Except Apple has made random and stupid arguments to banish 'p***' apps from the iPhone (like a book reader that could download the Kama Sutra from Project Gutenberg" or go to a blog that posted a naked woman pic), but doesn't hold itself to the same arguments (last I checked, you can still use Safari to look at naked women, but another app that does it, that's not right!)

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