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Google Play Singapore Made To Remove ’50 Shades of Grey’

Online content store, Google Play has been told to remove “50 Shades of Grey” from sale in conservative Singapore.

The film was given an R21 rating by Singapore’s Media Development Authority, making it unavailable to theatrical audiences under 21 years old and making it illegal to be sold in home entertainment stores, either online or as packaged media.

Other R21 movies recently found to be on sale on Google Play included “Fear And Loathing in Las Vegas,” Rob Cohen’s adultery thriller “The Boy Next Door,” and “A Clockwork Orange.” The virtual store was also found to be selling movies that were unrated in Singapore – meaning that they are therefore illegal in theaters and on video — including “Trainspotting” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.”

Google Play began selling movies for download or rental in its Singapore store only last week. Local media have found several film and games titles to be wrongly labelled.

At its launch in 2012 Apple’s iTunes ran into similar problems, notably selling R21-rated “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.”

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