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Apple Removes "Baby Shaker" App

Mike Musgrove

Well, that was quick.

Just hours after activists started to raise a stink about a potentially offensive iPhone App, Apple seems to have taken it down.

In the App, for "Baby Shaker," users are presented with a series of baby images. As the baby begins to cry, players are supposed to shake their iPhones until a pair of X's appear over the baby's eyes.

The App was released on Monday, but appears to have been taken down. (I found a "Bible Shaker" "Salt Shaker" and "Stress Shaker," but no "Baby Shaker.") Apple confirmed, via email, that it has removed the application.

According to the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation, a non-profit group, the App starts up with these words: "On a plane, on the bus, in a theater. Babies are everywhere you don't want them to be! They're always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about it." A developer called Sikalosoft is listed as the App's creator.

Probably a good thing that Apple took the thing down. The company has been playing up the fact that it is about to hit the billion download mark for its App Store. Seems like it would be a bit embarrassing for the company to have to tell the world that download number 1,000,000,000 was something called, ummm, "Baby Shaker."

By Mike Musgrove  |  April 22, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  | Category:  Mike Musgrove
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While it probably shouldn't be in the app store, the outrage over this is pretty ridiculous. Is anyone really going to go shake a baby after playing the game? How many people go out and shoot pedestrians after playing Grand Theft Auto? Apparently, even fake violence towards babies is terrible, but violence towards fully grown people is OK. So don't shake him now, wait until he gets older, then shoot him!

Posted by: evenadog | April 22, 2009 10:08 PM

It's an odius app. Glad to see it's down.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 22, 2009 10:23 PM

I don't know which is more stupid, this and other iPhone apps (like the fart noise makers), or the people demanding that the app be banned. Here is a couple of ideas: 1) if you don't like it, don't download it. 2) If you do like it and download it, get a life.

Posted by: woody2471 | April 22, 2009 10:45 PM

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