Boyfriend Maker gets pulled from App Store for references to paedophilia

Virtual dating app Boyfriend Maker is no longer available on the iPhone App Store following reports of references to violent sexual acts and paedophilia in the title, PocketGamer reports.

Boyfriend Maker allows players to dress up, cook for and speak to a virtual boyfriend on their iOS device. According to the game's description originally made available on the store, virtual boyfriend is "always there for you." However, despite its age rating of 4+, the 36 You-developed title features a chat bot who responds with often strange and explicit text unsuitable for young children.

The developer's use of the SimSimi-created third-party chat engine is believed to be responsible for highly sexual chat text. SimSimi's chat engine allows users to suggest potential responses that the bot then forwards to other players. According to a disclaimer on the game's now unavailable App Page, all responses delivered within the app are said to be "the sole responsibility of such third-party engine (API) and not of 36You."

In comparison, SimSimi's chat app features an age rating of 17+.

A Tumblr dedicated to the strange and unwieldy responses offered in the app can be viewed here.

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