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WTF is Child Pornography Doing in Google Play?

Steven Blum
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The Google Play terms of service explictly outlaws any child pornography, but that doesn't stop suggestive apps with underage girls from falling through the cracks.

Today, while searching through new apps on Google Play, I came across a Japanese app that features underage girls in suggestive poses. I have reported the app to Google. But this app just goes to show that in the "open" world of apps Google has created, a lot of really bad things can still end up published.

The Google Play terms of service explictly outlaws any child pornography. The official terms of service read, "Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution." But the app I found, I suppose, falls into a gray zone. While it's not outright porn, it contains suggestive pictures with girls who are clearly underage.

The app has been in the Google Play store since NOVEMBER 2011.

Now either Google hasn't received any complaints or they have deemed the app to be safe for download. But I don't understand how an app that shows an 11 year old girl in a bathing suit, or lying down and showing off her butt, or suggestively sucking on a bottle isn't deemed majorly creepy at Google. If Google were smart, they would have deleted the app over a year ago.

Reporting it wasn't easy. While on your phone, you can report or flag apps just by pressing a button, on the Google Play store you have to click the "help button," click "contact us," "Android apps," "Contact us" (again) and fill out a form under "report inappropriate app." The process takes far longer than necessary, and should be streamlined.

Google definitely needs to consider the fight against child porn apps to be much more worthwhile and create a better approval process to sift these apps out of the store before they get a chance for publication. As of now, simply including a button that reads "report this app" is a start, but in this case, Apple's App Store is way ahead. There are benefits to creating a constricted ecosystem. For one, child porn stays OUT.

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  • stacy were May 16, 2012 Link

    zero tolerance. NEVER SHOULD THIS CRAZY-MAD-SAD-BAD-STUFF BE ON HERE...

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  • Wayne May 16, 2012 Link

    Something has to be done about these sick perverted MF's. Something should happen to the sick MF's at Google who allow this BS!!!!!

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  • john vaughan May 16, 2012 Link

    To get more complaints, I suggest you describe where these app's are. I would be more than happy to support you, regarding child porn on any app. but if I don't know what app you are refering to, I can't complain, nor can anyone else. There is power in numbers, and I'm sure more would complain as well.

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  • Adesoji Adeyanju May 16, 2012 Link

    Despicable. There's no way Google can justify this. There should be strict measures in place to flag inappropriate contents on Google play.

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  • TerryG May 16, 2012 Link

    While I don't want to seem like I condone such an app and of course I'm 100% against child pornography I'm not sure from your description that's what this is. I think google is probably monitoring this app, but they need evidence or they are the ones who could be prosecuted. If the app only has young girls in bathing suits I'm not sure that it's harming anyone. If there is a naked bottom or other part that a bathing suit should be covering I don't doubt google would take issue with it & have it immecdiately removed. If it's strictly young asolecsent asian girls looking cute than there is a massive market which is of course teen and preteen asian boys. If we are strictly worried about perverts I have to question what the poster was searching for in the first place.

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  • Steven Blum May 16, 2012 Link

    Terry--

    I wasn't searching for this kind of app, I was alerted to its presence by a colleague because we're notified every time an app is updated in our App Center. We've since deleted the app from our website but it's still being hosted on Google Play even after I reported it a few hours ago.

    I think we can all agree photos of 11 year olds posing seductively in bathing suits and drinking from bottles suggestively is not appropriate for Google Play. It's definitely pornographic in nature.

    I'm not linking to it because I don't want to encourage that kind of traffic...

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  • Richard M. May 16, 2012 Link

    I understand what John Vaughon means by complaints in numbers but at the same time you don't want to hand the directions over to the sick a-holes that seek out this filth....one complaint should be enough for someone with half a brain at Google to see it needs to be shut down and reported to the proper authorities.

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  • maxine nadia t. May 17, 2012 Link

    Terry that is completely uncalled for! " I have to question what the poster was searching for in the first place."

    Just read through the daily updated apps and you get sexual ones all the time LISTED UNDER NEW APPS!!!!! and yes in with regular every day ones, jesus everyone knows that!!!

    Do something constructive instead please.............

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