Apple squashes wobbly jub app
No iBoobs on your iPhone, says Titfinder General
Apple has decided to pull the jubtastic Wobble iBoobs from its App Store as part of an alleged puritanical clamp-down on "overtly sexual content".
Jon Atherton, the developer of the bouncy-bouncy entertainment, told TechCrunch that he received this missive from the powers that be:
The App Store continues to evolve, and as such, we are constantly refining our guidelines. Your application, Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored), contains content that we had originally believed to be suitable for distribution. However, we have recently received numerous complaints from our customers about this type of content, and have changed our guidelines appropriately.
We have decided to remove any overtly sexual content from the App Store, which includes your application.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter. If you believe you can make the necessary changes so that Wobble iBoobs (Premium Uncensored) complies with our recent changes, we encourage you to do so and resubmit for review.
Sincerely, iPhone App Review
Aficionados of undulating iMams will recall that a "nice fellow in developer relations" at Apple last year asked Atherton to remove the words "boobs" and "booty" from the app's publicity, but it now appears that was merely a precursor to the main assault on smut.
TechCrunch's hack selflessly investigated the censorship claim by attempting to download “Exotic Positions” and “Sexy Women” - without success - but was able to get his hands on “Beautiful Boobs” and “Sexy Girls Uncovered”.
We await with bated breath and heaving breast word from Apple's Titfinder General clarifying just what outrages against common decency will be cast into the fires of Hell. ®
Censorship is wrong
What I find sad about this is that Apple is actually using the App store to push American / Christian values to the detriment of its international customers. Usually Americans are easily shocked by sexual content, but tolerate large amounts of violence. Europeans usually have a much higher tolerance for sexual content but are less tolerant of excessive violence. What is happening here is Apple going the "American way": removing content that shocks in the US but that people outside of the US would not only find acceptable but probably desirable.
Why stop there: let's remove violent games that could shock Europeans, let's remove all the software that may shock various culture and religions. Restaurant games that feature cow made hamburgers: how shocking this must be to Hindu people? They make ham sandwiches too? well, that is going to shock the Muslims! Lets remove content that make reference to God so that we don't anger the atheist! And lets not speak of the effect the games where the objective is to earn huge amounts of money will have when the iPhone reach the few remaining communist countries... This can very quickly become ridiculous :-)
My opinion is that Apple should NOT ban content from the app store (except for content that is clearly illegal) because the standards of what is deemed acceptable content vary so much from one country to the other and from one person to the other that the censorship or the content will almost always be considered inappropriate somewhere by someone. It is impossible for Apple to actually make a good decision, so it is better if they make no decision.
We live in a big, multicultural world. The only way to make it work is for everyone to accept that some content that they find shocking will exist and be available because to someone else, somewhere else, that content is acceptable and desirable. From the moment one culture / country start to impose its views on the others it will stop working. I am an Atheist, but I don't care if there are Bible readers in the app store, I just don't download them. I don't like excessive violence, but I don't care if there are violent shooters in the app store, I just don't download them. What I DO care about is if someone tells me that I can't download the content I like.
This is just silly
I'm sure its very Laudable that Apple wants to protect the moral fibre of its users, but they are going further and further up silly street with stuff. I'm an iPhone user, and I'm embarrassed that Apple now appears to be treating me like a child; enforcing its own mores on my telephone usage.
Not that I'd buy this app. It seems a bit puerile. But that's for ME to decide. Are you listening Apple?
Of course not.
.. which is why I'm waiting for the Android tablet, rather than buying an iPad.
... There's an app for that!