Microsoft Denies #4 App in Japan U.S. Certification Because Video Result Returns Image of Pedobear

So how tough is the certification process for apps on the Windows Phone Marketplace? Pretty tough, it turns out. A redditor that goes by the username toolboc posted in frustration that his app has been denied certification for the US app store based on search results returned by his app. The problem? One of the search result previews is an image of the infamous Pedobear. Denizens of 4chan will chuckle at the offense section of the image above, but the fact that an app can be denied certification based on the results it returns is rather ludicrous.

The developer amended his application to make sure that particular video never turns up in the search results again, but with a month long certification process and any number of content that Microsoft could deem offensive, we feel for this developer.


  • Sarah Rich

    So because a search engine can return results involving Pedobear, does that mean Microsoft is going to ban any app that can return such results? Like Google apps, for instance?

    Think it through, Microsoft.

    This sort of certification process is certainly reminiscent of Apple’s. If Steve Jobs thought you shouldn’t be seeing something, it wasn’t allowed on his platform.

  • Toolboc

    Japan Top-Music-Videos.com author here. What’s most annoying is they block a harmless app like this, but allow trash like “Girl Strip Game”: http://www.windowsphone.com/ja-JP/apps/6cc596d8-3d69-4ac2-9269-15e6c088006c which is currently the #3 overall app: http://www.windowsphone.com/ja-JP/apps?list=top

    That kind of hypocrisy really upsets me.