Stream­ing app ‘17’ shelved by Google, Ap­ple

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY STEPHANIE CHAO

Amer­i­can- Tai­wanese en­ter­tainer and media per­son­al­ity Jeffrey Huang’s ( ) con­tro­ver­sial live stream­ing video app “17” was taken off the App Store and Google Play last week, af­ter con­tin­ual scan­dals in­volv­ing the us­age of the app did not die down.

Huang was not de­terred by the app’s shut­down. “This will not af­fect users’ rights. We will com­mit stricter user cen­sor­ship,” read Huang’s state­ment on his Face­book page.

The app, re­leased in July, pro­moted its live- stream­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties with fa­mous pop stars, col­lect­ing re­wards online and photo- shar­ing func­tions that re­sem­ble the pop­u­lar In­sta­gram app. 1.3 mil­lion users down­loaded the app within two months of its de­but and got it into the U.S. App Store’s No. 1 Free App po­si­tion, claimed lo­cal media re­ports.

The con­tro­ver­sial app saw nu­mer­ous re­ports of users livestream­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate and porno­graphic footage, de­spite its suc­cess on App Store charts.

Google clar­i­fied the app’s shelv­ing, stat­ing that while the com­pany can­not “com­ment upon cer­tain smart­phone ap­pli­ca­tions,” they will fol­low the Google Play Devel­oper Dis­tri­bu­tion Agree­ment and re­move apps in vi­o­la­tion of their reg­u­la­tions. The “17” app is no longer dis­cov­er­able on both the App Store and Google Play as of press time.

“While Google is not obliged in mon­i­tor­ing prod­ucts and its con­tent, apps will be taken down or re­cat­e­go­rized once Google has and clar­i­fied con­tent con­tain­ing pornog­ra­phy and ob­scene ma­te­rial or con­tent vi­o­lat­ing its poli­cies and other ser­vice agree- ments,” ac­cord­ing to its Google Play Devel­oper Dis­tri­bu­tion Agree­ment.

Huang took to his Face­book page to ex­press his dis­may re­gard­ing his prod­uct’s fate. “17 is a large fam­ily com­mu­nity that wel­comes ev­ery­one to have fun to­gether, and we are grate­ful for ev­ery­one’s help in let­ting 17 earn No. 1 on the charts.”

“17 has con­tin­u­ally strived to build a bet­ter home, a more in­ter­est­ing, larger and more sta­ble home. We also hope that ev­ery­one can cher­ish this fam­ily. If there are mem­bers who dis­re­spect oth­ers or have de­stroyed this fam­ily’s en­vi­ron­ment, 17 will kick out the user with­out any hes­i­ta­tion,” read Huang’s Face­book state­ment.

“What mat­ters the most is that 17 and users of the app are the best — I do not care about los­ing users who be­have im­prop­erly,” Huang said.

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