1. Content from audio erotica app Dipsea, which we wrote about last July and The New Yorker describes as "original erotic short stories, designed with women in mind, with a hot yet tasteful aesthetic," has been suspended from the Google Play Store. In a blog post, founders Gina Gutierrez and Faye Keegan say the suspension results from a basic misunderstanding of their product and its value:
Companies like Google have content policies that are intended to safeguard customers on the internet, which is an important and challenging task. But these policies were created before players like Dipsea existed, and at a time when pleasure was classified as vice and not wellness. According to the World Health Organization, sex is a health issue. The WHO says sexual health “requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships.” Content policies like Google’s don’t yet have the nuance to recognize that this is the true value of Dipsea’s product.
Dipsea is working with Google to resolve the issue, but in the meantime, the company is launching a web version of the app in January, which will be available to all. — DIPSEA BLOG