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Apple Says They Will Not Distribute Porn

Apple Says They Will Not Distribute Porn

Posted June 26, 2009 at 1:58pm by iClarified · 8758 views
After pulling the plug on the Hottest Girls application, Apple has issued a statement saying they will not distribute inappropriate content on the App Store.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNN, "Apple will not distribute applications that contain inappropriate content, such as pornography. The developer of this application [Hottest Girls] added inappropriate content directly from their server after the application had been approved and distributed, and after the developer had subsequently been asked to remove some offensive content. This was a direct violation of the terms of the iPhone Developer Program. The application is no longer available on the App Store."

This move is both understandable and questionable on Apple's part.

First, Apple clearly does not want to be seen as a company who is involved with distributing pornography. Parents will likely think twice about Apple both from a moral standpoint and as customers. If parents are under the impression that kids are getting access to inappropriate content from their iPods they will likely purchase some other device in its place.

That being said, pornography is legal. Apple should not be able to control what type of applications users put on their device. In fact, the application "Hottest Girls" doesn't really qualify as pornography. A topless woman is legal in many places and even found regularly in many newspapers. Calling this application inappropriate content seems like a questionable decision. Even if it is inappropriate, children would need their parent's credit card number or account access and they would need to circumvent the parental control settings on iTunes and their device.

Is this a wise decision by Apple? Is it the right decision? Sound off in the comments...

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ernstlustig
ernstlustig - June 29, 2009 at 4:40am
Who says Apple, denies freedom. Who says Apple, refuses to use his brains. I do not consider this Apple's philosophy in the first place. It is simply a matter of maximising Apple's profit and shareholder value. I love my iPhone, but I dislike Apple's so-called political correctness. So, in the end we all behave like sheep and follow the grand priest.
iPorn
iPorn - June 27, 2009 at 4:42pm
God Dammit Apple now there will be no fun on iPhone... We support iPorn on iPhone and we will bring that application back to you all guys n gals who like all those on your iPhone so get ready we will publish it soon ;) an di know after reading this some people will react like a bitch and post some shit.. so for them you people dont have balls to handle hardcore stuff.... use parental control and use yor God dam brain
apodoca
apodoca - June 26, 2009 at 8:41pm
Apple's store; Apple's rules. Apple has a right to decide what's available in that store. Apart from parental controls, there's the integrity of the Apple brand. Their right to decide what's associated with that trumps the other guy's right to sell a legal product when he decides to use their facility to do his sales. If he changed the product after he and Apple reached an agreement, then he pulled a bait and switch that is a violation of his agreement with Apple. Note that Apple is not telling him do not sell. Apple is just telling him "not here."
ernstlustig
ernstlustig - June 29, 2009 at 4:46am
You have agreed to the terms of service. If you want your money back you either ask politely or you contest the TOS, which would involve paying lawyer's fees. :(
Stevieg
Stevieg - June 26, 2009 at 7:54pm
Man, then what the hell is the point of having parental control if you're not going to use it?
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