26.5.10

Steve Jobs: iPad Means ‘Freedom from Porn’

I"n an exchange with customer Matthew Browning posted by Techcrunch.com in April, Jobs had defended Apple’s crusade to keep pornography off its products.

“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone,” he said, referring to the product of competitor Google, which has permitted a pornography store app for its smartphone.

Apple’s iPad and iPhone do not offer complete freedom from pornography - objectionable material can still be accessed via the Internet, and may be attainable through iTunes - but most pornographic clips cannot, since they require Adobe Flash products, which Apple refuses to support for a variety of reasons.

“Clearly opposed to pornography, Jobs surely realizes he can’t make it go away completely,” commented Sam Diaz, senior editor of ZDNET, last month. “But he doesn’t have to contribute to the spreading of it - especially in a place where children often shop using a technology that many parents still don’t understand well enough to police.”

Apple requires application designers to adhere to a company policy that could be described as “pro-family:” The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement (sec 3.3.17) states that “applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.”

Gawker reported that Apple twice rejected the app "Gay New York: 101 Can't-Miss Places" because of its inclusion of obscene and pornographic imagery.

Apple began a major crackdown on app designers in February, purging objectionable apps that may have fallen through the cracks."

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