Apple dumps ‘Baby Shaker’ app after protests


Apple Inc. removed a controversial iPhone application called “Baby Shaker” from its iTunes store Wednesday after an infant-welfare organization complained.

The 99-cent download, which allowed users to shake a virtual baby to quiet its cries, went on sale Monday and quickly outraged child welfare groups.

“Not only are they making fun of Shaken Baby Syndrome but they are actually encouraging it. This is absolutely terrible,” said Marilyn Barr, Founder of the National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome.

“On a plane, on the bus, in a theater. Babies are everywhere you don’t want them to be! They’re always distracting you from preparing for that big presentation at work with their incessant crying. Before Baby Shaker there was nothing you could do about it,” the app’s introduction read.

After few violent shakes, the hand-drawn infant pictured on the screen stopped crying and large red X’s appeared over its eyes.

The app was developed by Sikalosoft, which also makes a 99-cent “Dice Mosaic” iPhone program that converts digital images into black and white mosaics made from dice.

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