When Chatroulette first hit the Internet, people went nuts for it, but then it got over run with men who felt the urge to show off a certain piece of their anatomy at all times while on the service. The popularity has dropped off quite a bit, but that isn’t stopping people from trying to come up with new versions of it.
When Apple introduced FaceTime to the iPhone 4, the potential for on-the-fly video conferencing really took off, so it should come as no surprise that someone found a way to create an application that merged Chatroulette with FaceTime so you could have these random conversations with a complete stranger by video no matter where you were.
Considering what happened on the Web version, is anyone really shocked the same thing happened on the iPhone application? Of course you aren’t.
After only eight days on the market, Apple pulled the app from the app store. SKJM, developers of iChatr, did release a brief statement to 148Apps about the situation:
“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.”
The solution is either 1) give up on the idea or 2) remove humans from the equation. This idea is never going to work on a device where the company CEO has decided we need “freedom from porn“. Although, one could ask how Safari gets to stay on the iPhone when it can used to access porn, but since it’s made by Apple, we doubt that discussion will ever get anywhere.
It is unfortunate that this app got abused because FaceTime can only be used with other people who have an iPhone 4 currently. Sure you can call 1-888-FaceTime and try it out with an Apple employee, but where’s the fun in that? So, for eight glorious days you got to talk to other people over FaceTime, reveling in the glory of your shiny new phone, only to have it destroyed by people who insisted on being naked. Isn’t that the way it always goes? Nudity ruins everything.
What say you? Should Apple have pulled iChatr?