19 JUL

iChatr Removed from App Store

by Marianne Schultz
 

Well, that didn’t take long at all. The ChatRoulette-style iPhone app, iChatr, that let users video chat with other random iPhone 4 users has been pulled from the App Store after only a little over a week in the App Store. SKJM, the developer of iChatr, gave a brief description of the reason in its blog over the weekend:

The iChatr application has currently been removed from the App Store due to reports of a number of users exposing themselves during the random video chat sessions. We are currently discussing possible solutions to the problem with Apple.

Given what we’ve heard about ChatRoulette, it doesn’t surprise us that iChatr devolved into something similar. We’re a bit hard pressed to see how his problem can be solved since there’s no way to control what users do while using the app, though the same could be said for other apps that offer video chat, like Fring. If we had to guess, some sort of in-app registration process with age requirements and usage warnings could be possible ways to help cut down on random indecent exposure.

1 Comment

  1. Cris

    There’s no way to get around this. In-app registration where someone says they are 18 will not work, because you can enter any value you want. There’s no reason to pull the app… Dumb.

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