Apple removes top-ranked app for stealthy streaming of pirated content

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Apple has quietly taken down an app that was quite questionable. The app was called “Moshfocus” and on its now-old page in the App Store, it showed it was an app that was used for task completions. However, once the app was downloaded and installed, and opened on an iPhone or iPad, it would work as a video streaming app.

Not to be confused with other video streaming apps like Netflix, Hulu, or MAX, Moshfocus was illegal due to the fact that the app had brand new movies on it such as “Barbie” and “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts,” as well as the newest episodes of TV shows, all without paying for the content, and therefore, broke copyright laws and violated App Store guidelines.

We here at Appleosophy did look into the app and reached out to Apple for comment regarding the issues with the app, and before publication, Apple did remove the app from its App Store.

Moshfocus was previously ranked at #62 in the Productivity section of the App Store’s top apps with over 6,000 reviews and ratings. The app was also advertised on TikTok to promote usage of it and enable users to watch their favorite new movies and TV shows for free.

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Another issue that came with the app is not only did it have in-app ads, but it did also have in-app purchases that would enable users to pay either weekly, monthly, or yearly to remove the apps and have an ad-free viewing experience.

Despite the great pride Apple takes in its App Store, including the vetting process for getting apps in it, surprisingly, the app was around on it for almost a full-year before being taken down today.

What are your thoughts on the removal of the Moshfocus app on the App Store? Comment below or let us know on X at @appleosophy.

What are your thoughts on an app like this being in the App Store? Comment below or let us know on X at @appleosophy.

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