In the midst of the banning and removal of nearly 5000 apps from the App Store that were considered by Apple to contain “overtly sexual content”, some new updates from Cult of Mac show that Apple may be attempting to address the controversy. The site reported a new “explicit” category appearing in iTunes Connect app submission page in the “application description” menu, although it hasn’t made its way to the App Store just yet. This was obviously seen as a way to combat complaints of censorship or offer an alternative for developers interested in disturbing material that might otherwise be found offensive by some. Although many are noting that there was already a 17+ year old category that was supposed to do the same thing.
Since Cult of Mac reported the new “explicit” category, a short while later Gizmodo reports that the category has now mysteriously vanished. I guess now only time will tell if Apple will introduce something to help curb complaints from app developers and users alike when it comes to content considered to racy for the array of categories already in the App Store.