Last week we came across an article on Mashable called “Sexy Manga Girls & Apple App Store Rules”. The article introduced a new adult oriented application under review for approval … Otakulous … a wallpaper-type app of sexy manga drawings. The article continued to detail Apple’s strict no nudity policy, referring to the Hottest Girls application as an example of the consequences developers face if their app contains nudity … Hottest Girls was quickly pulled from the App Store.
Pretty standard info for us iDorks, however we found it quite curious how Mashable concluded the article with this strong statement:
It seems that even if we’re talking about virtual or drawn nudity, Apple App Store is still an impenetrable fortress when it comes to adult material.
Huh? You’re freaking kidding us, right? An “impenetrable fortress” defending against adult material … Laughing Our Asses Off! Here, let’s recap all the apps containing nudity that managed to slip by this “impenetrable fortress” (all approved by Apple, then later removed from the App Store) …
06/25/09 – Hottest Girls (Mashable got this one right, their sole example of app nudity)
07/01/09 – BeautyMeter (contained topless images, including an alleged 15 year old girl)
07/30/09 – theXchange (contained extremely hard core pornography)
08/21/09 – Check myHottie (contained extremely hard core pornography)
So let’s see here … since the end of June, every couple of weeks, a nudie porn app appears … pretty krappy fortress if you ask us. Now granted, BeautyMeter, theXchange and Check myHotties contained user-generated nude images (meaning some will argue that it’s not Apple’s blunder since users of the app uploaded the nude images themselves – outside of Apple’s knowledge), but nude is nude and thus appear on our tally.
Hmmm … last app containing nudity was August 21. Guess we’re due for another one? Of course! Meet Apple’s fifth nudie porno app, from Holoality Software … My X Girlfriend.
Released yesterday, My X Girlfriend is yet another example of how photo apps which rely on user-generated images, quickly turn into a showcase for nudes and pornography. While developers attempt to implement “community flagging” safeguards (flag icon on the upper right area of screenshots below), relying on users to flag and notify inappropriate content is clearly ineffective.
So that concludes this edition of “Apple’s Impenetrable Fortress”. We’ll see you in a few weeks as we update our tally with a brand new nudie porno app. How can we be so sure? Hey, since June 25 it’s been like clockwork – gotta go with the trends. And until Apple officially allows nudity in the App Store, someone has to be the official Clothing Optional Scorekeeper … might as well be us.