Apple Removes Over 5,000 Apps in Crackdown on Sexual Content

| by Chris Scalise Opposing Views

Apple's App Store has long been a source of frustration for many iPhone and iPod Touch users. The company has a very stringent policy on sexually-explicit material, and it seems as if that policy may have just gotten a little bit tighter. AppleInsider reports that the company has removed more than 5,000 apps from its App Store due to inappropriate content, particularly anything of a sexual nature.

So what's considered inappropriate? According to MobileCrunch, "inappropriate" would include any of the following:

1. No images of women in bikinis
2. No images of men in bikinis!
3. No skin
4. No silhouettes that indicate that Wobble can be used for wobbling boobs
5. No sexual connotations or innuendo: boobs, babes, booty, sex – all banned
6. Nothing that can be sexually arousing
7. No apps will be approved that in any way imply sexual content

AppleInsider and MobileCrunch are both quick to point out the irony and the lack of consistency with these supposed rules, as Apple has allowed some popular apps, such as the Playboy app and the FHM app, to remain in the store. You can even purchase a digital strip poker game for your iPod, but you can no longer download such gems as "Wobble iBoobs" and "Dirty Fingers: Screen Wash."

Apple's new enforcement reportedly comes as a result of complaints made by several iPhone and iPod Touch users.