July 24, 2014 Last Updated 1:03 pm

Apple says the #2 paid app in the Men’s Interest category in the Newsstand is a porn magazine from Russia

The problem with App Store charts is that they make little sense when there are actually very few paid apps in a category, something that is not uncommon in the Apple Newsstand. In the Men’s Interest category, for instance, there are only six total apps.

Uppy-iPhone5-W-lgThe result is that Uppy, a porn magazine from Russia is listed as the #2 paid app in the category.

One might think that this would get the attention of Apple, after all someone in charge of iTunes is looking at this, right? But it is unlikely that anyone at Apple is paying attention as the app would probably have been pulled up (it’s been in the store since October). The reason is that all one needs to do is look at the screenshots being used to see that something strange is up. While the magazine says it is for “Uppy” and shows a magazine cover with that name, the screenshots that the app is for magazines with other names such as “pick up” and “Oh! Yeah!” Since there are already apps for other developers that purport to be for those magazines then something is array. Could, for instance, I sell a magazine app that is called “TNM Magazine” then have the app sell TIME or Newsweek?

Maybe we don’t need to worry about some Russian creating an app that sells Construction Equipment or AdAge magazines, that is clearly not their goal. But Apple would not, apparently, have a problem if you decided to do this, and that has to worry any publisher launching an app into the Newsstand. It is a mess due to its mismanagement, but it also a place where developers with less than honorable intentions have free reign to do as they please.

  • David Mech 3 years ago

    So who cares if the #2 paid app is an adult app? It just shows what content people are willing to pay for. People don’t need to buy it, but they do. Live and let live.

    • D.B. Hebbard 3 years ago

      You missed the point completely. This isn’t about whether people want to buy porn (click the link David provides and you’ll see what business he is in). It is about hypocrisy, and Apple applying its developer guidelines unfairly.

      Playboy, an American magazine that has published for years, is denied launching an app into the Apple App Store because of nudity. Yet Apple allows Russian pornographers to launch apps that feature nudity and video porn. Further, these apps say they are selling one thing, then offer another after the buyer installs the app. Oddly, Apple’s guidelines do not say anything about so obvious a scam, but one would think that Apple would consider that a reason to reject an app.

      If you think it is OK to sell porn in the Apple App Store that is fine. But try and pass an app through app store team’s review process and then report back.