Why a 4chan app probably won't appear in the Marketplace

For those familiar with 4chan, wondering why there isn't a Windows Phone app is probably not too much of a mystery. For those not familiar with the site, lets just say 4chan is considered to the creepy basement of the internet, the source of almost all memes, the origins of 'Anonymous'  a "wretched hive of scum and villainy". [Seriously, don't go there on your work computer. Save it for home, late at night, when no one is around. Then get the cold-shower ready.]

Having said that, one developer at least attempted to get a 4chan app approved in the marketplace. The image below (you'll have to clock to zoom) shows the hilarious results--basically failing for three violations of "Adult Content/Nudity", one violation of "Violence" and another for "Excessive Profanity". Hurrah!

Of course, as someone pointed out in comments on Reddit, even iOS has a 4chan app. That's interesting because they too have strict app submission requirements, so how do they get around it? Simple, the iOS app only shows the "safe" parts of 4chan (there really are safe areas, we swear) and the user has the option of manually adding the more saucy sections themselves.

That sounds like a good compromise to our soiled and depraved ears so maybe there is still hope for such an app, yes?

Source: Reddit

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.

  • Chuckling at how the "Steps to reproduce" so quickly go downhill.
    Same deal as the unapproved 2ch app - suppose they couldn't help but at least give it a go.
  • Ok, so let's make good use of app sideloading and have the developer release the XAP. It should be completely compliant with the terms and condition and is the perfect "selling point" for Chevron WP Labs, while keeping the Marketplace clean from apps Microsoft doesn't want. I'm pretty sure all WP7 users who browse 4chan occasionally sideload apps to their phone.
  • I'm for this route too.
  • The dark side of the  internet...
  • I'm actually working on a 4Chan app myself, and passing the certification process shouldn't be that hard.
  • It's a depraved app for depraved people to access a depraved site.  Yeah, that's exactly what this society needs----to further empower the lowest common denominator.  Sheesh.  People disgust me.
  • oh c'mon... us depraved ppl still lives and breath :P
  • the app certification guys are actually pretty cool, i've failed a few certification before and had some back and forth with them, they were really neutral to any situation and reports they give out, i like that very much