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iPhone Banned Apps

Throughout the second quarter of 2011 Apple declared that their App Store had extended to the astounding level - 15 billion songs that had been downloaded from iTunes and more than 425,000 apps currently available in the iTunes market for purchase or download. However it is quite easy to track the app performance via the user ratings and comments, so there are tons of programs that don’t make the final cut and are pulled after an initial approval, or might even be entirely banned by the mobile technology giant. We present you 10 notorious examples of the apps that have been either blocked after release, or disqualified even before they reached fruition.

Exodus International – Stating to cure homosexuality and encouraging the “ex-gay” movement, the app came under fire from human rights groups that ultimately succeeded in having the App banned. However the removal didn’t come easily- only after 150,000 people had signed an online petition had Apple finally reacted to public frustration and removed the Exodus International from the iTunes store.

Phone Story – nowadays no one is ever surprised about the less-than-ideal working conditions of those who manufacture Apple products. The aim of the Phone Story App was to illustrate the child labor, environmental harm and unsafe factories that Apple utilizes. Again unsurprisingly, the app was banned within hours. 

Jew or Not Jew? – as the name hints, this app was deeply racist, but at the very first glance it had a basic function - it allowed users to access a database full of public figures and celebrities to determine whether or not they were of Jewish descent. Expectedly, anti-racism group in France took action and threatened Apple with litigation, so Jew or Not Jew? was quickly removed from the app store.

Baby Shaker – even the most inexperienced teenage babysitter knows that shaking a baby is terribly dangerous. However, this concept was taken to an entirely new level with Baby Shaker App – the aim of the game was to shake a drawing of an infant accompanied by the sounds of a wailing child as violently as possible. If the crying of a fictional infant would have ceased at this point, what the cries from child protection groups did was to insist removing the app from iTunes.

There are many other examples of such stories, which can be found here. So if you are an app developer with some “great” ideas in mind, think twice before you decide on what to include in the app and what to dismiss.