iPhone Savior: Apple Strips Sexual Content From App Store
Recently thousands of apps were removed from the iPhone app store for being too sexually explicit, while apps like Playboy and others remained. Apple Inc. then attempted to justify their censorship decision stating that those remaining apps were from established companies. Many have criticized Apple's decision and feel that they shouldn't censor at all because censorship leads to subjective policies that produce inconsistent results.
So, here's my take on this. I am a father of two pre-teens with iPod Touches. I have set parental controls to prevent my kids from being able to download sexually explicit app (of course, they need my password to do so anyway) and was somewhat disheartened to discover that they could still see them in the app store lists, such as the top grossing apps.
I do, however have a solution to propose. Similar to how pornography magazines sold in stores and mini-marts, I would like to see a censorship banner placed on the icons of adult-related apps coupled with a ban on suggestive words used in the names of these apps. That way, I don't have to worry about what my kids might see regardless of whether or not they could actually download these apps. That way the apps can remain on the store, Apple doesn't have to censor them and my children won't have to grow up before I feel it's time to discuss these issues with them. All parties are happy and have their needs met.
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