Apple and Google remove plastic surgery apps after criticism

Apple and Google have removed plastic surgery game apps that are aimed at children as young as seven after criticism online.

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Apple and Google remove plastic surgery games

Two plastic surgery games that were aimed at children and asked the user to make a character "slim and beautiful" have been removed by Apple and Google after outrage on Twitter.

The character that features in "Plastic Surgery for Barbie".

Google Play advertised a game called "Plastic Surgery" that asked users to "return cute Barbara's looks", while the app on iTunes featured a character who "had so much extra weight that no diet can help her."

The games were criticised by many tweeters, who said the apps were "gross", "disgusting" and a "disgrace."

"Plastic Surgery for Barbie", which was available to download on iTunes, was a free game that encouraged children aged nine or over to perform liposuction.

Google Play plastic surgery app aimed at girls criticised

A Google Play plastic surgery game that asks users to help with an operation on a character to "return cute Barbara's looks" has been criticised online amid outrage over a similar app on iTunes.

The plastic surgery game is on Google Play. Credit: Google Play

The description of the game, which is aimed at those aged seven or over, says: "Barbara likes to eat a lot of burgers and chocolates and...she found out that she looks ugly."

"Today [the] plastic surgeon is going to make operation [sic] on her body and face in order to return cute Barbara's look. She is afraid of all of this, but I know you will check that everything is over normally," it adds.

One reviewer said the game was "horrible" and a "disgrace", while Alice Evans tweeted: "Friends of my daughters are already worrying about weight at 5. They don't need this."

A Google spokesperson said: "We don't comment on individual apps but we will remove those that breach our guidelines."


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