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Apple: never porn on the App Store

Those who had hastily exchanged the appearance of Hottest Girl, an application with photos of naked models, for Apple's go-ahead to porn or, if nothing else, to the Forbidden to Minors on the App Store was wrong. Cupertino has no intention of opening a 'red light' space in its store, even after the introduction of a content protection system for minors, one of the novelties of iPhone 3.0.

To dictate Apple's line of conduct was Tom Neumayr, one of the company's spokesmen. "Apple – Neumayr said in a press release – will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography." The reason why images of topless women were briefly distributed in Hottest Girls was the result of an operation by the developer, who added them to his server. " Since the application downloads images remotely, these have appeared on iPhones, but Apple has not authorized this 'innovation' at all. "The content – added Neumayr – was made available at a later stage after approval and we asked to remove this content. This is a direct violation of the terms of the development program. For this reason, the application is no longer available on the App Store.

The appearance of naked women in the Hottest Girls application took a large part of the press by surprise. Despite the content protection system with a 'forbidden to minors', nobody expected that Apple could allow developers to overcome the threshold dictated since the launch of the iPhone which radically excluded the publication of pornographic or even soft core applications. The cancellation of the application, which took place a few hours later, seemed to have confirmed the fact that Apple had been taken by surprise by working to repair the slide; but the developer (Allen Leung, a sort of specialist in the sector, his are Corvette Girls and Pocket Pinups) rejected this argument, stating that it was just a server load problem that forced him to run for cover. Neumayr's intervention puts an end to any doubt about it and marks the end of the dream (of a part of the users) or the nightmare (of another part) of an iPhone that turns into a machine for distributing images and , perhaps, videos prohibited to minors.