Streaming app ‘17’ shelved by Google, Apple
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.