ITUNES AND GOOGLE Play appear to have removed two controversial plastic surgery apps that were aimed at children as young as nine.
The Everyday Sexism movement asked people today to tweet at iTunes if they thought Apple should reconsider the way it marketed an app called ‘Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office For Barbie Version’.
The app was described as featuring an “unfortunate girl” who “has so much extra weight that no diet can help her” and who goes through liposuction “that will make her slim and beautiful”.
The players were to make small cuts on “problem areas and suck out the extra fat”.
It was rated for players aged 9+.
Everyday Sexism also asked people to ask Google Play to reconsider how it marketed a different plastic surgery app in its store:
Fine Gael TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor had expressed her “shock and concern” over the iTunes app relating to plastic surgery, calling it a “so-called ‘fat-shaming’ app”.
She said that iTunes “must take some responsibility over the content offered in the apps it sells, and the content of this app simply cannot be condoned”.