The following list contains other applications that have been banned or blocked in the country. Among them are softwares that guarantee the sending of anonymous messages and services that allow to track the partner's cell phone or evaluate the other's performance in bed. Recall the main cases.
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Meet Sarahah, anonymous messaging app that was removed from the Apple Store and Play Store after polemics
Simsimi the most recent case of program removed from app stores in Brazil. In the last month of April, the app stopped being offered in the country by decision of the developers themselves, after noticing a growing dissatisfaction of the users in a short period of time. This was inevitable because the Simsimi app, at least in the last few days, had a significant negative social impact in Brazil, explained the team responsible for the app.
Simsimi was taken out of circulation in Brazil by the developers themselves Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / dnetc
The chatbot, conducted by a charismatic character, was accused of sending inappropriate messages. Thanks to artificial intelligence technology, the mascot learned from people's responses in order to increase its database. With that, threats, words and conversations of sexual content became constant in the application.
To complicate matters further, chat was popular with children and young people due to its playful appearance, despite being suitable for people over 16 years old. After this controversy, Simsimi Inc. decided to remove its program from the Brazilian App Store and Play Store until it took control of this type of abuse. However, those who have already downloaded the app on their smartphone still have access to it without any problems.
The Secret app allowed users to post and share secrets with friends anonymously, in addition to enjoying and commenting on the confessions of others. The idea seemed promising until people started using it to reveal the intimate information of others (including names and photos) and to publish racist and homophobic lies and content.
Secret, polemic application to tell secrets, came to an end due to hate speech Photo: Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / dnetc
After several complaints, in August 2014, the Esprito Santo Court of Justice ruled that the Apple, Google and Microsoft app stores no longer offer the app, and that they also remove it from the devices on which it was already installed. In the same month, the software was officially removed from the App Store.
In September of the same year, the Brazilian Justice returned to the decision and released the application again. The Secret's trajectory, however, did not last long: in 2015 its creator, David Byttow, announced the end of the service because he no longer represented the vision he had when he started the company.
Sarahah is an anonymous messaging app that, like the Secret, was very successful after the launch. The difference is that it allowed the user to see only the text messages sent to him, unless he chose to share them on social networks. Still, the application found itself in the midst of controversies for being used for the practice of bullying.
Sarahah application had premise similar to Secret; both were banned from app stores Photo: Bruno Soares / dnetc
In January of this year, the program was removed from the App Store by the developer himself, but it could still be accessed from the Play Store. Currently, the software is also no longer available on the Google store and the service can only be accessed via the web version.
The polemic Lulu arrived in Brazil in 2013 and was an instant success, appearing among the most downloaded apps in the first weeks of its launch. The application accepted registration for women only. Through Facebook login, it was possible to view your friends' photos on the social network and anonymously assess their sexual performance. The users gave marks, attributed to funny hashtags and answered surveys about sense of humor, level of romanticism, qualities, defects, among other aspects of the boy's personality.
App Lulu allowed women to rate men Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
Of course, many of the men exposed by the program were not satisfied with the application. Thus, in December of the same year, the 6th Panel of the Court of Justice of the Federal District and Territories determined that the company immediately delete the data and images of any and all persons who had not expressed prior, specific and informed consent to appear in the Lulu application. as a person to be evaluated.
Since then, the program has been suspended in the country. Lulu was redesigned in 2015 as a kind of flirting app. Currently, however, not even that version can be found in app stores.
5. Valentine Tracker
As the name suggests, the Valentine Tracker app allows the user to follow the steps of the owner of the device on which the app was installed. When sending an SMS to the cell phone tracked with the text 1234, the number registered in the application receives the location of the device. If the message is 4321, the girlfriend or boyfriend has access to information about the calls made and received on the pursued smartphone.
Boyfriend Tracker has been banned for sharing information without user consent Photo: Divulgao / Boyfriend Tracker
In 2013, the program was removed from the Play Store under the justification of sending information about the user without his knowledge. At the time, in an interview with dnetc, Danilo Neves Cruz, one of those responsible for the project, contested the alleged reason for the exclusion. "The application that is (on Google Play) today is fully in line with Google policy. This justification is not true."