Apple Removes 5,000 apps from IStore

Thousands of applications have disappeared from Apple’s iStore in the past few days. Apple has begun enforcing their new policy of not allowing “overtly sexual” applications. I applaud them for this move. There is no age restriction for using an iPod, and many children have access to one. In their first attempt to resolve this problem, Apple enabled a “Parental Controls” feature for the iPod, but taking the additional step to remove these adult-oriented applications completely is another big step in the right direction.

Of course, this is a very controversial move, and Apple is taking some heat from those on the other side of this issue. I just want Apple to know that I am very appreciative of their new policy, and I applaud them for it.

One final note of irony for this post: I really wanted to provide a link to another source (news story, blog post, etc), but I couldn’t find one that didn’t have an image in the article showing what types of applications have been removed! I can’t in good conscience provide a link that would send my readers to view the very material that we are talking about as being inappropriate for the iStore. Yes, I know that one can see most of these images in a magazine rack in the local grocery store, but that doesn’t mean that I need to point you in that direction. So, I apologize for not having a link to a full news story on this post…

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