Numerous Apps Caught up in Apple’s New App Store Review Policy to Ban Gambling-Related Apps
Our newsstand/news/magazine app just got removed from sale from the App Store 24 hours after our 3.0 update was approved. Reason given: gambling/fraudulent activity. We publish a magazine — nothing to do with gambling or fraud at all. 😞😢😲😱 https://t.co/ewu3mE5FG5 pic.twitter.com/vaKtLthvkW— Wojtek Pietrusiewicz (@morid1n) August 9, 2018
Apple just removed WatchPlay from the App Store for being a gambling app.— Ziph0n (@Ziph0n) August 8, 2018
The reason appears to be because the ban applies to any apps that allow users "unrestricted web access", which automatically slaps apps under review with a 17+ age rating if they are subsequently made available in the App Store.
Unrestricted web access means that a user of the app can access any URL by opening a browser window from within the app, potentially circumventing parental controls.
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