Google has banned adult-oriented, sexually explicit apps from being offered by developers for its Google Glass devices, just days before what appears to be the first such app was announced by a vendor.
The Google Glass ban on adult content is found in Google's Glass Platform Developer Policies, which now specifically states that the company forbids "Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material," according to the policies.
The ban came late last week as part of a series of changes to 11 of those developer policies, a Google spokesperson told eWEEK. So far, the only users of Glass are developers who were eligible to purchase the first devices to experiment with them and build apps to expand them under Google's Glass Explorer program. "Our Explorer Program makes users active participants in evolving Glass ahead of a wider consumer launch," the spokesperson said. "In keeping with this approach, we've updated our developer policies. We look forward to learning more from our users as we update the software and evolve our policies in the weeks and months ahead."
The policy changes came just before the appearance of an adult-oriented app for Glass from MiKandi, whose Website describes the company as an adult app store, according to a story from CNN.com.
"Using the application, Google Glass wearers could look at photos and watch videos filmed using Google Glass," according to CNN.com. "The company wanted to expand from first-person point of view videos to one-on-one interactions between adults who both have Glass."
Jesse Adams, the CEO of MiKandi, told CNN.com that it "made sure it was following the Google Glass developer terms when it started creating the app two weeks ago," but will now make changes to comply with Google's new rules. The company "plans on rolling out a new app that somehow doesn't include any of the forbidden content," the story reported.
The original MiKandi app would have allowed Google Glass users "to share racy content from their devices directly to other Glass users and online" at one of MiKandi's Websites, according to a post on the company's blog. MiKandi claimed in its post that it had more than 10,000 unique visitors to the app's Website before the Google ban.
The racy app has apparently since been removed from Google's app store.
"Our policies make it clear that Glass does not allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material," the Google spokesperson said. "Any Glassware that violates this policy will be blocked from appearing on Glass."
The Glass Platform Developer Policies also clearly forbid apps that portray violence and bullying; depictions of gratuitous violence; hate speech against any other person, persons or group; impersonation or deception; or illegal activities.