Apple Emailed iOS Developers Picture of a Man Jerking Off

Apple Emailed iOS Developers Picture of a Man Jerking Off

Apple Emailed iOS Developers Picture of a Man Jerking Off

When it comes to the iOS App Store, Apple is very strict when it comes to sensitive material. Philip W. Schiller, an executive over at Apple said that “[Apple] obviously cares about developers, but in the end have to put the needs of the kids and parents first.” Apple then tightened up their policy and removed any apps that were found objectionable.

Giving Apple’s zero tolerance, what you’re about to read next is a complete 180 on the topic.

Carl Smith and his team of iOS app developers recently submitted an app to the App Store to be reviewed. This past Monday, one of Carl’s employees noted that everyone shouldn’t be naughty like Apple. Piqued with curiosity, Carl inquired how Apple was being naughty. The employee went on to say that “they sent us a picture of a guy masturbating.”

That’s right. Team Carl’s app was rejected from the app store. Rather than detailing why it was rejected, Apple thought it was best to simple send a photo of a man jerking off. According to Carl, Apple sent him an email saying “Please see the attached screenshot for more information.” There was no warning of what Carl would be seeing and his only option was to click the download subsequently receiving a mid-day’s dosage of suggestive content.

The strange part is that Carl’s app doesn’t serve explicit content. Instead, the photo in question could be found by using the app. Similarly, Vine had an issue where Apple removed it from the App Store because suggestive content could be found using the app. I can’t imagine how Safari made its way to the App Store.

Depending on your personality, you’re likely to find this either hilarious, shocking or irritably disturbing. Carl was the latter with good reasoning. Apple had just sent his entire team of developers inappropriate content without warning. What’s worst is that the picture wasn’t even censored. If you want to see the picture Apple sent Carl, head on over to Medium to see the CENSORED version of the photo.

Carl went on to point out that Apple could have handled this in the following three ways:

  1. Given us a sample hashtag to search.
  2. Pixelate the naughty parts to protect the innocent.
  3. Explain that there was [an explicit photo] example waiting before we opened the attached files.

The bigger problem here isn’t even that Apple effectively and legally sexually assaulted Carl and his employees. The bigger problem is that Carl has limited options when it comes to responding to the matter. Should Carl discontinue support for iOS which would leave his employees without work? That’s not an option. Does Carl do nothing and accept that Apple is king and can get away with sending him naughty pictures? He’s too disturbed for that. All Carl hopes to do is to spread the word that Apple’s way of dealing with the situation was inappropriate. In addition to spreading the word, Carl want’s to change Apple app review policies.

I am going to try and get Apple to change their policy. I don’t think for a second that anyone at Apple thought it would be fun to send us [explicit content]. More than likely this is part of a policy of sending screenshots of violations to help app developers fix problems and get in the store. But in this case it (forgive the pun) exposes everyone to an uncomfortable reality.

As Daring Fireball’s John Gruber pointed out, this is likely a mistake more than a policy issue. At least, that’s what he hopes.

What do you think about Apple’s actions? Do you think Carl is responding well to the situation?

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Tristan Thomas

Currently studying Information Technology at Georgia Southern University, Tristan uses Tech Analyzer as a venting outlet for how he interprets the technological world around him.

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