Mark Cuban says Apple should remove Twitter from iOS App Store for objectionable content

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in General Discussion edited December 2015
Serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban on Thursday called on Apple to banish Twitter -- ironically through Twitter itself -- from its iOS App Store for violating the company's app review policies, specifically those concerning objectionable user generated content.




In a series of tweets Cuban questioned why Apple allows Twitter to remain on the App Store given certain users of the microblogging service post "objectionable" material in violation of Apple's App Store Review Guidelines. Cuban did not offer examples of said content, but noted Apple has in the past threatened, or in some cases pulled, apps for non-compliance.

"Apple has no problem threatening other apps with removal as well. Why not Twitter?" Cuban said, later tweeting, "[T]he real issue is what [A]pple thinks is right or wrong and do they apply it equally to all apps?"

A screenshot of Apple's App Store Review Guidelines attached to the first tweet (apparently taken on a Galaxy Note Edge) highlighted sections 14 and 15 covering personal attacks and violence, respectively. Also germane to Cuban's argument, but not shown in the image, is section 16 stipulations regarding objectionable content, which states, "Apps that present excessively objectionable or crude content will be rejected."

Cuban suggested Apple "remove twitter from the app store for a couple days and they will solve any and all objectionable UGC content issues immediately." He also said Twitter could act as its own watchdog by filtering posts prior to publication, or monitor images like Facebook and Instagram. Early Twitter investor Chris Sacca responded, saying such policies are un-American and adding that Twitter's own policies are stricter than Apple's.

While a rarity, Apple has been known to yank apps from circulation if deemed unsavory. For example, after a racially-motivated shooting in the U.S. earlier this year, the company removed a number of games that portrayed the Confederate battle flag in an "offensive and mean-spirited" way. Some titles were later reinstated, including American Civil War simulator Ultimate General: Gettysburg.

Cuban posted a follow-up tweet on Friday, saying, "People missed my point yesterday. The point is that Apple IS A CENSOR for their apps. I'm curious why they have chosen not to censor twitter."
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  • Reply 1 of 54
    "Serial entrepreneur" my arse - should be the luckest man in tech. He put radio on the web and Yahoo give him 5 billion - a decision I've never got my head around.
    edited December 2015 techno
  • Reply 2 of 54
    I'd rather Twitter be left alone. They're the only decent social media platform. 
    chez whitey
  • Reply 3 of 54
    Well he's got a point. Because you guys are apple fans, doesn't mean you can simply dismiss what he's saying.
    1983
  • Reply 4 of 54
    dacloo said:
    Well he's got a point. Because you guys are apple fans, doesn't mean you can simply dismiss what he's saying.
    No, he doesn't. Twitter already has an objectionable content filter, blocking features, etc. If you don't like what someone posts, stop following them mayhaps. 
    cornchipcoolfactornolamacguyaaronjchia
  • Reply 5 of 54
    Probably should just remove any app with access to the internet then.
    cornchipireland1983radarthekataaronjargonaut
  • Reply 6 of 54
    koopkoop Posts: 337member
    The best feature of Twitter is allowing thousands of people to troll and annoy celebrities into mental breakdowns. 
    cornchip
  • Reply 7 of 54
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 1,633member
    Removing twitter App from Apple's App store is not going force Google to remove it from the play-store or other platforms. Best, twitter put needed filtering and monitoring mechanism for the objectionable material.
  • Reply 8 of 54
    Apple censors apps that CONTAIN objectionable content, not that can be used to GENERATE objectionable content. By Cuban's rationale Apple should censor Word, Pages, and all other word processors because of all the objectionable content that have been created on them. Same thing with drawing apps. The guy wouldn't know an apt analogy if it hit in his smug face. He should go back to Cuba. ;-)
    netroxbkkcanuckjony0nolamacguybrakkenwvdirkSpamSandwichbrometheus1983williamlondon
  • Reply 9 of 54
    netroxnetrox Posts: 681member
    Apple censors apps that CONTAIN objectionable content, not that can be used to GENERATE objectionable content. By Cuban's rationale Apple should censor Word, Pages, and all other word processors because of all the objectionable content that have been created on them. Same thing with drawing apps. The guy wouldn't know an apt analogy if it hit in his smug face. He should go back to Cuba. ;-)
    Exactly. Seems to be lost on Mark. With his logic, we should demand a removal of Safari since it can also show offensive or objectionable content.
    radarthekatapplepieguychia
  • Reply 10 of 54
    jungmarkjungmark Posts: 6,568member
    This is dumb. Treat Twitter like a web browser. You can use Twitter without find objectionable items. You can also block trolls. 
    aaronjchia
  • Reply 11 of 54
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,131member
    The douchenozzle is clearly just trolling for attention.
    nolamacguywilliamlondon
  • Reply 12 of 54
    dacloo said:
    Well he's got a point. Because you guys are apple fans, doesn't mean you can simply dismiss what he's saying.
    No, he doesn't. Twitter already has an objectionable content filter, blocking features, etc. If you don't like what someone posts, stop following them mayhaps. 

    Agreed. Twitter has mature filtering features. Other apps (that Apple more likely blocks) do not have such controls and therefore could expose vulnerable minds to questionable, influential content. This Mark Cuban guy is wasting his breath.
    edited December 2015
  • Reply 13 of 54
    jony0jony0 Posts: 268member
    dacloo said:
    Well he's got a point. Because you guys are apple fans, doesn't mean you can simply dismiss what he's saying.
    Well he's got no point. Because you guys are Apple haters, doesn't mean you can simply accept what he's trolling.
    wvdirkanantksundaramapplepieguyfriedmudaaronjchia
  • Reply 14 of 54
    asdasdasdasd Posts: 5,137member
    Any app with Internet access declares that as potentially (rather than always) having adult or objectionable content on submission to the App Store. 
  • Reply 15 of 54
    jony0jony0 Posts: 268member
    Cuban posted a follow-up tweet on Friday, saying, "People missed my point yesterday. The point is that Apple IS A CENSOR for their apps. I'm curious why they have chosen not to censor twitter."
    Cuban missed Apple's point yesterday. The point is that Apple is a censor for DEVELOPPERS' apps allowed on the their app store, not for the objectionable content those apps can empower even stupid people to create. I'm curious why Cuban has chosen not to censor himself, a missed opportunity indeed for such an opportunist.


    brakkenfriedmudchia
  • Reply 16 of 54
    irelandireland Posts: 17,470member
    buckalec said:
    "Serial entrepreneur" my arse - should be the luckest man in tech. He put radio on the web and Yahoo give him 5 billion - a decision I've never got my head around.

    Yeah, accidental billionaire, happens all the time. Get a clue will you. The guy's a master salesman. You don't become a billionaire by being lucky. It just doesn't happen.
    mwhitecornchipargonaut
  • Reply 17 of 54
    irelandireland Posts: 17,470member
    Next week: serendipitously 'Cuban Porn' gets rejected from App Store.
    edited December 2015
  • Reply 18 of 54
    Viewing Twitter is a personal choice. Let the user decide.
  • Reply 19 of 54
    Cuban is stirring up trouble and looking for attention.
  • Reply 20 of 54
    They would have to Censor YouTube and FaceBook as well.

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