A bug on the iTunes Music Store in the UK last Friday unnecessarily censored a bunch of words that even your grandma wouldn’t consider naughty, including “bum”, “teen”, “johnny” and “skank”. Interestingly “gay” was permitted through, but “lesbian” wasn’t.
The censored tracks were available to buy as normal, but the offending words were starred out, so Wheatus’ big hit became “T**nage Dirtbag” and users could buy songs by “J****y Cash”. A spokesman for iTunes told the BBC that they did not know why their software was suddenly picking up on so many extra words. How very reassuring.