Top 10 Banned iPhone Applications around the GlobeThe ‘Baby Shaker’ app concept was simple: ‘stop the incessant crying of an infant pictured on screen by violently shaking the iPhone, at which point two red “x” marks appear over the baby’s eyes,’ explains CNET. Although iTunes originally approved the app, they later reconsidered their decision, and pulled the infanticide-simulating Baby Shaker from the App Store.
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App Maker: Swamiware
Reason: No reason given
This app lets you choose one of 18 famous politicians, from Hillary Clinton to Sarah Palin, to bounce off a trampoline–in the Oval Office, no less. The goal is to control the tilt of the phone and bouncing pol to pop balloons floating on the top of the Oval Office with their heads. (The app even includes a pantsless Bill Clinton caricature.) Apple plays it safe when it comes to ‘defemation’ and the App Store didn’t want to take chances.
SlasherApp Maker: Josef Wankerl
Reason: OffensiveThis app featured a photo of a knife and would play the Psycho theme when users simulated a stabbing motion with their phone. It was released just after a wave of teen stabbings in the UK and the app sparked outrage. Apple quickly cut down “Slasher.” However, this app is currently available for purchase, and seems to have been re-approved later.
App Maker: Bearded Pony
Reason: Sexual content
This suggestive app included a book of tips for hooking up and unique interface for dialing numbers. Apple rejected the app initially (due to sexual content, says the developer), but after the name was changed to “Black Book Dialer,” and some of the content was tweaked, they gave it the OK.
App Maker: JugglewareReason: Defamatory to public figureThis app marked the days, hours, minutes, and even seconds until the end of the Bush Administration. A cartoon W formed the hands of the clock marking the time. The app got rejected during the runup to the election in September 2008, and the developer got a rare e-mail explanation from Steve Jobs himself, saying: “I think this app will be offensive to roughly half our customers.”
I Am Rich
App Maker: Armin Heinrich
Reason: None given
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