Move over Apple, you now have a friend in your quest to keep sexually suggestive material out of your app-store. In a hitherto unknown area of the Marketplace guidelines (PDF), Microsoft has outlined what kind of dirty smut won't be allowed in their Marketplace.
Some of the material is obvious, but some others are a bit more subjective, leaving us to wonder just how strict MS will be in enforcing these policies. We see Microsoft's point too--though perhaps they could have had a separate section in the marketplace?
- Any content of a sexual nature depicting children or animals.
- Sex / Nudity – Images that are suggestive or sexual (e.g. sexually provocative touching, bondage, masturbation) or provocative images that reveal nipples, genitals, buttocks, or pubic hair.
- Any adult and/or borderline adult content (images or text).
- Content that generally falls under the category of pornography.
- Content that depicts or suggests prostitution.
- Any content depicting sexual fetishes.
Well there goes my idea for the Microsoft design-your-own app contest as it violates easily half of those unmentionables above. It was awesome.
We guess this means that Android will remain the sole proprietor of smut and cheezy "sexy Asian girl" apps (seriously, not making that up, the Android Marketplace is filled with it). Speaking of, if you haven't seen the 'Android phone is for porn' video, you owe yourself the laugh.
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