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iFunny is a mobile app available for iOS and Android opporating systems which features user submitted pictures.
The first version of the iFunny app cited on the Apple App Store was released on April 26, 2011.
The iFunny “Feature Team” chooses 40 pictures a day to display in the featured section. They post 20 in the morning and another 20 in the afternoon. The pictures chosen to be published in the featured section are selected from popular pictures in the collective section of the app.
The collective section contains every user submitted picture. The pictures in the collective section are rated on the like/dislike system, similar to the karma system on Reddit. The collective section is often looked down upon for its lack of quality content. The average picture seen in the collective section of iFunny is a picture asking for likes or asking for the viewers to “repost” the picture.
Midway through 2012, the collective section of iFunny began to become littered with pictures of users asking for others to contact them on the free messaging app KIK.
Frustration between the users posting “KIK Me’s” and the “OC” (Original Content) users grew throughout the following months.
On Febuary 5th, 2013, iFunny added an option to report “KIK Posts”. The addition of this option cleared the app of many KIK related posts but the occasional “KIK Me” can still be found in the collective section of the app.
Reddit VS. iFunny
Users on Reddit began complaining about users on iFunny stealing content from Reddit which was then getting featured on iFunny. On July 2, 2013 redditor jvm4th posted a gif picture featuring Jason Bateman’s character Michael Bluth from the TV Show Arrested Develpoment (shown below) with the tag “MRW my cousin says that iFunny is a better version of reddit”.
Removal From App Store
iFunny was unexpectedly removed from the Apple App Store in mid august. The reason for the app’s removal is still unknow but user’s and various tech sites have posted possible reason’s why. PhonesReview.com posted a speculative explanation for the app’s removal on September 9th. The review cited that iFunny could have been removed due to a shortage of server space, failure to comply with Apple, or due to the large amounts of child pornography that were posted on the app.
The app remains on the Google Play store and is available to all Android devices. Any user who downloaded the app on their iPhone prior to the removal from the app store still retains access to the app in its entirety, but the app can not be recovered if deleted.
Return to App Store
iFunny returned to the App Store sometime around September 20th. The return was met with mostly positive responses, many of which being included in the featured section. Some users criticized the return to the app store, stating that it’s return brought back much of the KIK and spam problems that iFunny had experienced before its removal.
Silly Sea Pig
The Silly Sea Pig is a popular web comic that originates from iFunny and is written and drawn on the in-app Comic Creator from iFunny
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