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Steve Jobs Quote About Banning Porn on iPhone

Does Apple Have the Right to Restrict Content?

When defending iTunes' rigorous app submission process, Apple CEO Steve Jobs recently said:


We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone.
To be honest, this assertion of power won't cause me to lose any sleep; it's not like I'd take advantage of porn if it was available. But, does Apple have this right to decide? Since all applications are sold through the iTunes store, it does have the right to control what goes into the store, and thus, on your phone. It's different than restricting certain websites (which Apple does not do), but if Jobs is allowed this kind of authority, could he potentially extend it to other Apple products?

Obviously, no one wants a porn-filled iPhone falling into the hands of a child, but do you think it's OK for this decision to come from on high? And what kind of precedent does this set? Will he be banning music with objectionable lyrics, too?

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nemosine nemosine 7 years
The issue I have with Steve's restrictions is that it's obviously selective to whatever perks he and his company are getting out of it. He'll block user made "porn" apps but still allows Playboy and Sports Illustrated apps to exist because he thinks it's a "reputable source." Sounds like bull to me. I could make a perfectly tasteful erotica app with even extra password protection to protect the kiddies but will most likely get rejected because of Apple's bias.
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
and ouch to the android comment steve made
Yesi-Jukebox Yesi-Jukebox 7 years
I wouldnt mind if all phones couldn't get porn. If you need to have porn so badly that you have it in your phone, you might have a problem.
gd101 gd101 7 years
i agree with all the comments above....
sourcherries sourcherries 7 years
Nope.com. Not for censorship; age limits perhaps, but Steve Jobs doesn't control the web. It's MY phone, which I've paid darn good money for, and I'll use it how I see fit.
GIOVS GIOVS 7 years
i think is not about the porn on it, ts about the freedom of put whatever we want in one device we buy, they are not borrowing us the phone
leb357 leb357 7 years
Let's be honest, all iPhones have internet access. As long as they have web browsers, they have porn capabilities.
lilegwene lilegwene 7 years
Porn isn't even an issue. It's their prerogative as far as I'm concerned. The restrictions on code generation are ridiculous. We're out of the 80's, guys!
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Who uses their phone for porn? If I need it, then I use an actual computer to download it. Pretty shameless dig at the Android, though. I prefer it over rotten Apple.
KaiserMachead KaiserMachead 7 years
This is no different from edited music sold through WAL*MART. It's not the optimal choice for many (including myself), but then it's not the same as censorship, so Apple does have the right to restrict what content they distribute through iTunes, which could never include websites. I understand that this could be a potentially slippery slope, but I think that pornographic content sits on a different tier from explicit lyrics or strong violence, which is why Apple may continue to sell R-rated movies, but not pornographic videos.
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