“Back when Apple first launched its App Store, Steve Jobs showed a slide with six categories of apps that would be verboten: ‘Porn, privacy, bandwidth hog, illegal, malicious,’ and ‘unforeseen,'” David Carnoy reports for CNET. “Well, on Wednesday Apple briefly allowed a developer to add nude models to the the 17+ rated app ‘Hottest Girls.’ But on Thursday, someone in Cupertino had a change of heart, and Apple is now blocking the $1.99 application from being downloaded.”
MacDailyNews Take: It’s not just blocked, it no longer exists.
Carnoy continues, “‘Hottest Girls’ ($1.99), carries Apple’s 17+ rating (for ‘Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity’) and until recently only featured women in lingerie and bathing suits. But Hottest Girls’ developer Allen Leung told bloggers Wednesday that, ‘We uploaded nude topless pics today. This is the first app to have nudity.'”
“At this point, it’s unclear why Apple has blocked the app. If you have a rating that’s described as ‘Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity,’ it seems odd that showing topless photos then becomes a no-no.”
“Of course, this brings into question the whole notion of just what “porn” is–and isn’t. In some parts of America, an app that boasts ‘completely naked pics’ would be considered indecent, plain and simple,” Carnoy reports. “But in parts of Europe, well, ‘Hottest Girls’ is just a day at the beach.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: That actually took about 90 minutes longer than we thought it would.