Apple has decided to remove the controversial “Baby Shaker” application from its iPhone app store after it received numerous complaints from angry parents and child rights groups who found the application tasteless and even cruel towards infants.
The Baby Shaker game was available for download for just 99 cents and it apparently carried an insensitive promotional text which stated “Babies are everywhere you don't want them to be! They're always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about.”
The game required the users to shake the phone till the baby stopped crying and the red Xs would come across their eyes.
The game first made its appearance on the iPhone app store this Monday and it was present on the store for two days before it was removed under intense pressure from parents and officials from Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a rights group which is focused on countering the Shaken Baby Syndrome.
Many child right activists have questioned the judgment of Apple in approving this game, more so when it has a strenuous approval system in place where it takes weeks and sometimes months for apps to be approved.
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This is yet another example of Apple worrying hesitations with regards to App store software. The software giant approved the software first but then had to can it after complaints from pressure groups. The other problem that will arise in the future is when popular applications start adding features that could have a negative impact on Apple's service for e.g. an MP3 player that adds an internet radio.
(Phone Review UK)