An iPhone app that doubled as an ad-hoc confessions booth has been pulled from sale from the App Store, after users who posted their secrets were inundated with abuse.
PostSecret encourages users to post no-holds-barred accounts of their most intimate secrets. And it met with no little success too, recently garnering some 30,000-odd submissions daily for third-party lurkers like me to peruse, alongside a back catalogue of two million confessions.
However, the fun couldn’t last. The app’s success meant that the web’s army of mean-spirited Gripper Stebsons got involved, spraying invective-filled comments at the confessors and staff.
And with insufficient manpower to moderate the slew of spiteful, threatening remarks left on the app, PostSecret’s main mover Frank Warren has taken the decision to pull the title.
Warren said: "Like the PostSecret Blog, the App was designed so each secret was absolutely anonymous. Unfortunately, that absolute anonymity made it very challenging to permanently remove determined users with malicious intent."
He added: "Bad content caused users to complain to me, Apple and the FBI. I was contacted by law enforcement about bad content on the App. Threats were made against users, moderators and my family. (Two specific threats were made that I am unable to talk about).”
Before the $1.99 app was pulled, it was at one stage the number-one selling paid-for application in the App Store.