9 CONTROVERSIAL IPHONE APPS
Smartphones and androids changed the way we communicate with each and packed an entire computer system into a compact device that can easily fit in our pockets. The growing mobile phone market has also breathed life into the app development market. Some apps survive the test of time while others drift into oblivion. There are reasons why some apps fail to make an impact in the technology market and drifts into oblivion.
#1 Phone Story
Apple found itself in hot water when it banned this app from its App Store because it was harming the way Apple was projecting itself in the international market. The app showed the conditions of workers in underdeveloped countries that produced materials for iPhones. In an attempt to save its reputation, Apple censored this app in 2011, only within four days of its release.
#2 Ghetto Tweets
This app took messages from the user’s Twitter account, ran through a text filter and converted the entire message into urban language. As a result, most of the conversions turned out to be offensive and racist. Apple dropped this app in 2009.
#3 Baby Shaker
This app was introduced to the App Store in 2009 and was hit by harsh criticism at the onset. The program, developed by Sikalosoft, was dubbed as outdated for the present times. It displayed illustrations of a baby and played loud crying noises. To quite things down, the user was required to shake his/her iPhone to calm the baby down and the crying would stop when two red Xs appeared over the baby’s eyes. This app was criticized because a large number of babies die or gets injured every year from parents shaking them inappropriately.
#4 Me So Holy
The controversy surrounding this app emerged from the religious sentiments of certain pressure groups. The app was created by a programmer called Benjamin Kahle and it allowed users to superimpose photographs of their faces onto Jesus Christ’s body. Users could also upload the image to their Facebook accounts. Shortly after the app was released, Apple decided to take it down in 2009 citing “objectionable material” as the main reason.
#5 Girls Around Me
The introduction of geolocation-based dating services ushered in a new era of finding companionship online. Taking this concept to a new level of weird, some Russian developers released Girls Around Me in 2012. This app used the Foursquare API to locate female users in your area and display their location on a map. This enabled users to find suitable women around them while being simultaneously connected to their Facebook profiles. This app was identified as creepy at best and Apple was quick to drop it.
#6 Mr. Checkpoint
Sennet Devermont, the creator of this app was arrested for driving under influence in 2011 and the incident inspired him to create software that would help people avoid sobriety checkpoints. Mr. Checkpoint managed to draw in criticism from the police department which said that it was placing hurdles in their duty.
Though Apple banned DUI checkpoint apps in 2011, Mr. Checkpoint is still available on iOS because the app is marketed as providing the public with official checkpoint information, safety messages and a directory in case someone needs help.
#7 Samaritans Radar
The intention behind this app was good, but the execution let down the app developers big time. The app was released by a British suicide prevention charity in 2014 and it monitored Twitter feeds that you sent it and looked for words that might indicate severe depression or thoughts of committing suicide. Users received an alert after the process was completed. This app was pulled down by Apple because it touched the issue of public right to privacy.
#8 Jew Or Not Jew?
The app was released in 2011 when Europe was riding a growing tide of anti-Semitism. The software contained a large database of celebrities and other renowned people. Users could type in a name to see whether a person was a Jew or belonged to another race. The app was dropped from the App Store after anti-racism groups came out in protest.
#9 Door Of Hope
The app was released in 2013 by the Setting Captives Free ministry and claimed that it could make a gay person straight in 60 days. Apple had no option but to pull down this app from the App Store, setting aside the debate whether gay people could be cured or not.