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Apple iPhone Store Tells Developers: Use Of The Word ‘Gay’ Might Get You Banned

While the Apple iPhone store approved the app Peakaboo Tranny, which “tranny-fied” photos, it kicked out Jack’d, a Grindr-like gay networking/hook-up app, for using the word … “gay.”

Jack’d's developer says the trouble began on Saturday, when Apple removed the app for other supposed violations of its Terms Of Service (like not having a “report” button since it’s a dating app, and not alerting users sexually explicit photos are prohibited — things Jack’d actually did do). And then came a warning from the App Review Team:

Yes, you read that right: “The following is not recommended for use in this field: gay. Your app may be rejected if you use this term.” And so continues Apple’s vicious cycle of never quite refining its mastery of gays and technology.

In the meantime, there’s still Grindr, Scruff, and West Fourth.

By:           RYAN TEDDER
On:           Nov 1, 2010
Tagged: , , ,

  • 11 Comments
    • SpiffyShindigs
      SpiffyShindigs

      Ugh, I’ve supported Apple since before they were hip, but it’s really hard to stay behind them with this sort of shit going down.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Yeah, sorry. Apple donated 100k to No on 8, publicly and strongly supports equality for it’s employees and as an added bonus has some of the best quality products of it’s kind on the market.

      There are plenty of good LGBT apps in the app store and so I’m not really seeing much here.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 6:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      This guy is seriously overreacting.

      The submission form for app store text tells you your submission *might* be rejected for using the word “gay”. And it might. Why? There are appropriate ways to use the word “gay” (“this app is for gay people”) and inappropriate ways to use the word gay (“all of our competitors’ apps are totally gay.”) The software doesn’t know the difference, but it alerts you that the word might be a problem.

      This is not only different from a blanket ban on the word “gay”, but actually much better. It allows them to police submissions for inappropriate and derogatory uses of the word.

      That’s really all that’s going on. Nothing to see; move along.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian Miller
      Brian Miller

      How funny to see gay people willing to trade away their own dignity to have “cool” products.

      “Cool” products that are more expensive and have less capability than just about everything else.

      “Cool” products built by abused labor in Chinese factories.

      Yeah, that’s some hip-n-progressive stuff.

      Nov 1, 2010 at 8:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • B
      B

      Just for laughs, The American Family Association once (still?) had a policy of mechanically replacing “gay” with “homosexual”. Then a talented runner named Tyson Gay got into the Olympics, and this wingnut web site, wrote, “‘It means a lot to me,’ the 25-year-old Homosexual said. ‘I’m glad my body could do it, because now I know I have it in me.’” (The original AP article they copies used the phrase “the 25-year-old Gay”.) See http://www.tribemagazine.com/board/tribe-main-forum/146982-christian-websites-gay-filter-backfires.html for a reference.

      When you have a computer blindly do text replacements, funny things can happen. Just imagine what would happen if there the AFA copied a movie review for the Fred Astaire / Ginger Rogers movie “The Gay Divorcee”. Here’s the last 4 minutes of this 1934 film the AFA would have called “The Homosexual Divorcee”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kIPv3v4Mng

      Nov 1, 2010 at 9:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • seaguy
      seaguy

      Time to start letting Apple know that this will not be tolerated.

      Nov 2, 2010 at 4:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      @seaguy: Yes! You’re right! We should let them know that donating to marriage equality, providing equal employee benefits and publicly supporting equal rights for LGBT people WILL NOT BE TOLERATED.

      Nov 2, 2010 at 7:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian Miller
      Brian Miller

      Apple gave 2/3 of one year’s salary for a middling engineer to marriage equality! They should be able to call us “faggots!”

      Nov 2, 2010 at 9:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Andrew
      Andrew

      Yes, most definitely, that’s totally relevant to this article. And totally not a complete strawman.

      Some people these days….

      Nov 2, 2010 at 10:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • A D
      A D

      It sucks, because Jack’d was much, much better than Grindr.

      Nov 3, 2010 at 7:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian Miller
      Brian Miller

      Apple apologists are soooo boring.

      Yes, we get it. You bought an IBM PC clone with an Apple logo on it running a BSD version with a custom skin and paid five times as much. You’re soooo cool. You’re soooo superior.

      Now please, go away.

      Nov 4, 2010 at 11:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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