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The Top 10 Banned and Controversial Apps

We take a look at the app store's reject pile

The Top 10 Banned and Controversial Apps© 2018 Versus

We all love our apps, but what happens when they go too far? Check out this list of crazy, insensitive, offensive, politically dangerous and altogether ridiculous mobile apps!


1. Smuggle Truck: Operation Immigration

Ever wanted to be a people smuggler? Then this would have been the app for you. Challenging users to drive a fast moving truck full of immigrants through a suspiciously-Mexican desert without losing any passengers, it’s no wonder this app ruffled some feathers. While the app’s creator intended to draw attention to immigration issues, the app was nonetheless banned by Apple. Interestingly, it also featured a ‘legal mode’ where would-be immigrants wait at an immigration office - forever. 

2. Shovel Bird

Similar to the famous flappy bird, but a lot more sexist. Users are invited to navigate through a path of pink-shirted girls, hitting them in the head with a shovel every time they lose.

3. LuLu

This app is designed with the worst of human vindictiveness in mind. Billing itself a private social network for women, it allows users to rate their ex-boyfriends on physical, sexual and emotional characteristics and then link these ratings to their Facebook pages. Lulu however, despite immense amounts of criticism from both men and women for its “sexist double standards”, still remains available to download.

4. Boyfriend Trainer

Following a similar theme to Shovel Bird, Boyfriend trainer promotes simulated domestic violence, as it supposedly teaches your virtual significant other ‘lessons’ by tazing, ‘slapping him silly’, or putting a leash around his neck and yanking it when he looks at other girls or leaves his dirty clothes over the floor.

5. Swearport

Many apps are created to bring disparate people together. Then is Swearport. According to its own website “Swearport lets you become a global swearing master”. The app gives users to translate commonly used swear words into 45 different languages, guaranteeing the ability to offend on a truly worldwide scale. While some might have considered this useful, Apple did not, banning the iOS version of the app for “offensive content”.

6. Carrot Dating

A form of virtual prostitution, the app allows you to buy dates from other users, in exchange for gifts. The tagline states that ‘messaging may get her interested, but bribery will get you a date’. Apparently, it works both ways as the briberer will get their date, and the bribee will have a chance to prove their worth (read: desperate).

7. Weed Farmer

Previously titled Weed Farm, the app is pretty self explanatory. Gaining the official app store number one slot just weeks after its launch, the app allows users to grow their own marijuana, sell it on to dealers and earn big (fake) money.

8. Wikileaks

To further spread the leaking of important government documents, an unofficial WikiLeaks app was created and sold for just under 1.5 Euro. The app, which allowed users to keep up to date with the sites website and twitter on the go, was quickly banned three days later for being ‘illegal’, due to its unofficial status.

9. I Am Rich

People buy many items just to show people they can afford them. With this in mind, I Am Rich was the Gucci handbang of the app world. Available for a short time on the iOS app store, it sold for the maximum price of $999.99, however had no functionality aside from showing users a static image with the text “I Am Rich”. In the mere days prior to the removal of this app, it managed to net its creator thousands of dollars.

10. Sweatshop

While not all of us have it in us to be an unethical industrialist in real life, Sweatshop gave us the ability to act it out on an iPad. In Sweatshop, users run a hellish sweatshop full of child laborers, working to produce shoes. Users are given the ability to create ever harsher working conditions in order to drive up production. Banned from the iOS app store in 2011, the creator of the app has defended it as educational.


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