Apple Removes Adult Apps

Posted: February 22, 2010
Apple Removes Adult Apps

With the news that Apple pulled around 5,000 adult entertainment oriented apps from their App Store, Kevin Pereira talks to Missy Suicide, co-founder of The Suicide Girls, about Apple's new ban on sexual content, the industry's double standards and how this affects consumers.

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  • Ariellog

    This more than just losing an app is about how much control apple has over the user and how hypocritical they are, really funny how everyone always praises apple for letting people be creative and that far from the fact as they are know to be able to take away mods and apps for no good reason.

    Apple nothing but control freaks disguise as artist.

    Posted: February 24, 2010 2:16 PM
  • Huge Ackman

    *Though that may be DUE to larger trends . .. (sorry, I can't type).

    Posted: February 23, 2010 10:04 PM
  • Huge Ackman

    I've noticed Apple's stock price dropping the past couple days. (AAPL). Though that may be do to larger trends than their recent decision about the so-called adult apps. I can understand content providers wanting to protect their brand image. But I think content delivery devices should be neutral. What if certain brands of television sets could only display certain channels, based on somebody's perception of what is appropriate?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 10:01 PM
  • micrapple

    It is me or is it the only one who complains about this kind of thing either a women or a guy who wish he'd never been married.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 9:06 PM
  • ImpossibleApple

    Take away something some people can get on application, and they can't handle just looking that crap up in a web browser? Is it really that big of a deal we have a four minute video on it?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 6:32 PM
  • HeavensEyes

    More and more, Apple gets more like its archenemy microsoft. Proof that regardless of company, they will always be run by morons.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 6:02 PM
  • roscobot

    Once again, a small group of people ruins things for others. Bikinis, offensive?

    What cage did your parents make you grow up in?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 5:54 PM
  • Canid117

    Which customers complained about bikinis? Bikinis? That offends you?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 3:01 PM
  • Crzycoco

    Good we need less perverts beating thier meat

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:53 PM
  • krypto74

    So, Apple got pressured by church groups and didn't bother to tell folks? Bad form, Steve.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 1:42 PM
  • shingo

    Apple seemed confusing on that one.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 12:47 PM
  • JavierB88

    You realize this just made me not want an iPad

    Posted: February 23, 2010 12:35 PM
  • Mr. Ultimate

    Move to Android, or to Meego even if necessary. You'll have more freedom.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 11:24 AM
  • BertSaxby

    Well there's always the Android. They should organize the app store a bit better and put all of these in a 'Mature' category and flag them from not being included in searches as opposed to carpet bombing their entire market. Doesn't take a whole lot of imagination to 'fix' the problem, amazingly Apple doesn't know how to 'think different' about their own products, preferring instead to enact draconian measures.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 11:04 AM
  • neoix

    I respect the fact that apple has the right to a clean brand name; the app store is theirs and they have the right to run it as they see fit. But even if you take down all the adult apps, r-rated movies, and whatever other content, the fact still remains that people could still look up porn using iphone and itouch's internet access. Banning content is pointless because no matter what apple does adult content will find its way onto their products. What apple should do, is segregate adult content into its own section on itunes/appstore, and require that content to come with warnings and disclaimers about the content. Parental Advisory notices are enough for "obscene" songs, so why not for all other content as well?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 11:04 AM
  • Thoreauvian

    I'm sorry but I'm not shedding a lot of tears for the "loss" of Flip-Strip. I mentioned this in my post yesterday, but I was getting a little tired of all of the "Sexy App" clutter in the app store while trying to find stuff I wanted. And as I mentioned yesterday, and mirroring JPisciotta's remarks, Apple has the right to protect it's brand. I understand that some are saying that keeping up Playboy and R-Rated movies with nudity is hypocritical, but the high number of these junk apps in the app store was annoying and I'm sure Apple wanted to clean up the junk so they could highlight apps that they are proud of promoting. I'm guessing the release of the iPad next month might be a reason for the attention to this issue now.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 10:48 AM
  • ThrillKill13

    AAAAhhhhhh!! Poor SS girls. Maybe if they would quit trying to screw over their former photographers, we could really feel sorry for them. F'em!!

    Posted: February 23, 2010 10:17 AM
  • JPisciotta

    I am incredibly annoyed by all the negative feedback this story is getting. The iPhone is apple's platform, they can approve or remove any content that they want. I don't blame them for removing questionable applications. Apple, a major publicly traded corporation, is trying to maintain a clean brand image on one of their flagship products. Whats wrong with that?

    Posted: February 23, 2010 10:04 AM
  • White_Worm

    No adult apps, huh? Well, I'm an adult. Apple must not want my money. Fair enough. Perhaps we should give our iPhones to our kids and get ourselves Android or WM devices.

    Posted: February 23, 2010 8:31 AM
  • bobsuicide

    I'm so sad it see it go...the functionality was simple, but cute.

    And, I had a sweet Gears of War bikini flip that'll never make it to your phones. :(

    Posted: February 23, 2010 7:07 AM