by Kelli
amd_baby_shaker.jpgOn Wednesday, Apple yanked an iPhone application called “Baby Shaker,” which encouraged users to silence a virtual screaming infant by shaking their phones.
With applications typically targeted toward young, male iPhone users – future fathers – the implications are disturbing and dangerous.
According to the NY Daily News

The 99-cent application, created by a company called Sikalosoft, went on sale in the App Store on Monday and quickly outraged child welfare groups, who demanded an apology from Apple CEO Steve Jobs….
Baby Shaker features a sketch of a cute baby that quickly dissolves into tears and cries on the iPhone screen.
Users then violently shake their phone[s] until the child stops crying – and red X’s morbidly appear over the baby’s eyes.
A description of the application ends with the words, “Never, never shake a baby…” [b]ut it also sinisterly challenges users: “See how long you can endure his or her adorable cries before you just have to find a way to quiet the baby down!”

The company has yet to respond to requests for an apology.
[HT: Proofreader Laura Loo; Image courtesy of YouTube]

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