RIM will be upgrading its servers today to put in place a content rating system in BlackBerry App World. “Our content rating system has been planned out based on input from our carrier, consumer, and developer partners to make sure we’ve implemented a content rating system that helps parents control what types of content their children have access to” said Alex Kinsella on Inside BlackBerry.
Once the update is complete, apps and themes will be automatically categorized, with most getting a rating of ‘G’ (General). Apps that have the terms ‘BBM, Twitter, social networking, dating, etc’ will be categorized with a rating of ‘T’ for Teen. RIM will be issuing an updated version to App World on December 15th. The update will allow consumers to set content rating filters. Thereby, only showing apps and themes according to the filters that have been set.
Developers, you have 15 days to check the default rating of your app or theme and challenge it. Answering the content rating questionnaire, it will calculate your app or theme’s rating. What do you think of a content rating system for apps and themes? Do you have children with BlackBerrys and you’d like to make sure they only have access to age related content?