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Apple Has a New Porn Problem

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the internet-is-for-porn dept.

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adeelarshad82 writes "Twitter's new iOS-only app, Vine, was prominently featured by Apple as an 'Editor's Pick' in its App Store the day it launched. However, given Apple's policies for adult content, they may have rushed the whole thing since this past Sunday, a number of news outlets ran stories covering the rise of easily-accessible pornography on the new video sharing app. As Joshua Topolsky explains, the situation draws even more attention to the vague and sometimes confusing rules of Apple's App Store guidelines, and more clearly showcases the sporadic and often unusual criteria the iPhone-maker uses to decide the fates of applications. So it will be interesting to see how Apple handles this given that they've never been shy about banning similarly racy apps in the past."

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It's Not A Problem. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720759)

It's a feature!

Nanny gots some GOATSE.CX! (1)

Jeremiah Cornelius (137) | about a year ago | (#42720979)

Now it's really an "open platform". :-)

Where's my ASCII rageface?

Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (2)

fyngyrz (762201) | about a year ago | (#42722057)

It is notable that you can surf porn like crazy with Apple's own tool: Safari.

Apple is not my mother. I already have a mother. She's already told me what she thinks, advised me, and set me loose within the world. Apple has no legitimate place in that hierarchy of trust and guidance. It belongs entirely to me.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (0)

j00r0m4nc3r (959816) | about a year ago | (#42722173)

talk about melodramatic. it has nothing to do with being mommy. it has to do with business. apple has a market, and they cater to their market because that's who pays the bills. imagine if you owned a cafe, and you had a bulletin board where people could post want ads, missing pets, etc... now some loser comes in and puts up a bunch of nudie pics. you know a vast majority of your clientele are middle-class soccer mom types who would frown on such a thing. what do you do? take it down, or leave it up?

if you don't like what apple does, maybe you can start your own multi-hundred-billion-dollar company and do it your way...

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (4, Insightful)

bhagwad (1426855) | about a year ago | (#42722317)

In a cafe, people are forced to read what's on the bulletin board - it's in their face. For an app, you have to choose to download it and watch it. Ergo false analogy since your soccer moms will then have to explicitly download the porn. After which they can't complain.

What Apple is saying is...well I don't know what they're saying other than "We don't want to give you the choice to explicitly watch porn if you choose".

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (0)

stewbacca (1033764) | about a year ago | (#42722497)

Still wrong because you can watch porn on Safari.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (3, Informative)

bhagwad (1426855) | about a year ago | (#42722605)

Which makes Apple's ham handed policies even worse for not being implemented in a standardized way.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#42723305)

All porn must be viewed through Apple.
Apple must have a slice of all porn.
Long live that dead guy that parks in handicapped spaces and refused to have a license plate because he is better than everyone else.
Fuck him. Fuck his family and fuck his fanboys.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

programmerar (915654) | about a year ago | (#42723773)

Maybe Apple just takes pride and a stance not to profit from porn. Maybe they want to be able to not have newspapers label them as "pornkings" after suddenly becoming the top porn retailer (if that would happen).

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

Kokkie (2291672) | about a year ago | (#42724161)

Protecting the "middle-class soccer mom types" against they themselves actively downloading porn isn't Apple's goal. The Apple stance has more to do about assuring parents that their pure and precious children can be trusted with an idevice by claiming it's impossible to actively/passively access porn (and that because of this the moms should buy their children an idevice instead of a dirty android). Don't mistake marketing for morality.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722379)

Apple does not cater or to ANYONE or any group. They cater to their bottom line. If it does not make Apple a profit or if they can't heavily tie it into their tight vertical business model, it does not get implemented. Plain and simple. Apple does not have departments that push products and services, they have a single decision structure and it is about Apple and Apple only.

Catering would imply they have a lot of features and flexibility. They do not, never had and probably never will. They take things away on new models, they drop products and features with no warning, they are behind with features and functionality compared to the competition and their walled garden of services and interoperability is second to none.

You can argue that simple and limited features and choice is was people want and the past sales numbers may support that to some degree but you can not say they are catering to what users want. Who does not want an FM receiver on a portable music player? Where is the revenue stream for Apple if they had included one?

Comparing a twitter app to a public bulletin board is not the same thing at all.

I do like this statement you said though.
if you don't like what apple does, maybe you can start your own multi-hundred-billion-dollar company and do it your way...
You claim they cater to people and then state that.
Apples business model now is a balance of your freedom and Apple services with your flexibility and in the recent past the pendulum has been all on their side. Time and sales will tell if starts to swing some in the other direction and they actually start catering to people or simply keep doing it the way they are.

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

Jeremy Erwin (2054) | about a year ago | (#42722877)

you know a vast majority of your clientele are middle-class soccer mom types who would frown on such a thing. what do you do? take it down, or leave it up?

That's called "denial".

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

clemdoc (624639) | about a year ago | (#42723751)

I think your analogy has its flaws, as has been pointed out already by others, but I had a great laugh when thinking about apple users as 'middle-class soccer mom types'.
Thanks for that!

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

aaaaaaargh! (1150173) | about a year ago | (#42723811)

if you don't like what apple does, maybe you can start your own multi-hundred-billion-dollar company and do it your way...

Or, don't buy Apple products. Seems like a more reasonable alternative to me. Just sayin', you know...

Re:Just more wanna-be "mommy" behavior (1)

mjwx (966435) | about a year ago | (#42723235)

It is notable that you can surf porn like crazy with Apple's own tool: Safari.

Apple is not my mother. I already have a mother.

Apple is less your mother and more your jailer.

It keeps you in walls, limits what you're allowed to see and do. Controls access and keeps you in an entirely self contained world under Apple's complete control.

Your mother at least cares about what you want... Apple carries out it's own agenda regardless of what you want.

It is a problem... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721027)

Apple hasn't figured out how to get people to sign up for porn using their (known to spouse) iTunes accounts, which means they can't get their 30%. That's their porn problem.

Re:It is a problem... (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721835)

Apple hasn't figured out how to get people to sign up for porn using their (known to spouse) iTunes accounts, which means they can't get their 30%. That's their porn problem.

Apple did, however, figure out that banning porn apps is an easy way to score brownie-points with parents associations and christian conservative morality campaigners without pissing off their porn consuming customers who access porn via a web browser in privacy mode anyway and remain completely unaffected by the ban... and Apple can't tax porn downloaded via Safari now can it. Also most people don't want want to advertise the fact that they are porn consumers by having a porn app on their phone so banning porn apps probably isn't hurting Apple's bottom line all that much. This ban on porn apps is a complete joke, but it helps to sell their iDevices and anybody who still fears that their kids might download porn on their phone can ask their telco to put a content filter on their kids' mobile account while resting easy in the knowledge they can't bypass that barrier by downloading a porn app. Meanwhile vendors of encryption protected file storage apps are making brisk business (no prizes for guessing what drives a lot of those sales) and Apple is levying a 30% cut on ever one of them. So Apple has found a way to appease the conservatives while still finding a way to profit off of people's need to hide browser downloaded porn... genius.

Re:It's Not A Problem. (2)

buchner.johannes (1139593) | about a year ago | (#42721145)

lol, Customer Reviews from https://itunes.apple.com/app/vine-make-a-scene/id592447445 [apple.com]

Crash & Burn by MyStimpy: Crashes at start, please guys test your app!!! :(

by Andysroo: Crashes immediately after opening on 4s :(

Crash and burn by Dopey Flea: Like so many new apps this one crashes before it opens

Maybe there are other problems to attend to first.

What's the point of having the video sharing only within the app, not accessible through browsers?

Re:It's Not A Problem. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721191)

It's a feature!

Apple needs something. They're sliding badly in markets outside the USA.

In Asia's trend-setting cities, iPhone fatigue sets in

In Singapore, Apple's products were so dominant in 2010 that more devices here ran its iOS operating system per capita than anywhere else in the world.

But StatCounter gs.statcounter.com, which measures traffic collected across a network of 3 million websites, calculates that Apple's share of mobile devices in Singapore - iPad and iPhone - declined sharply last year. From a peak of 72 percent in January 2012, its share fell to 50 percent this month, while Android devices now account for 43 percent of the market, up from 20 percent in the same month last year.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/01/27/us-apple-asia-idUSBRE90Q0IV20130127 [reuters.com]

Six seconds is all I need! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720765)

To create a compelling story, duh!

Lock in and Consumerism (5, Insightful)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about a year ago | (#42720777)

Apple loves Twitter. It's 140-char limit and mentality (following celebrity and names rather than participating or creating) really encourages the kind of consumer thinking Apple depends on. I predict that they won't ban, they'll put pressure on Vine to remove adult content.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720853)

There's already a number of Apple consumers who have had their testes removed, or at at least taking anti-androgen hormones, to reduce their sex drive. Apple doesn't want to be associated with fornicators.

What do Apple users masturbate over if they can't use porn? Easy. Themselves.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720859)

After that, they'll pressure the Internet to remove all adult content as well. I've heard that it's possible to access this adult content from iOS devices.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

c0lo (1497653) | about a year ago | (#42722199)

After that, they'll pressure the Internet to remove all adult content as well.

This amounts to the removal of The Internet [youtube.com].
If Apple - or anyone else - would ever ask for this, it's just easier to remove them from the Internet - it's not like it haven't happened in the past [macworld.com].

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (1, Insightful)

Joehonkie (665142) | about a year ago | (#42721101)

Just because you don't understand how to make your own tweets and follow your actual friends doesn't mean everyone else is that confused.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721261)

So you communicate with your friends with text messages less than 140 characters?
You should ask yourself questions about yourself.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (2)

Austerity Empowers (669817) | about a year ago | (#42721837)

Anyone who communicates with me via text is not my friend. Friends use IM or email.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (3, Informative)

stewbacca (1033764) | about a year ago | (#42722515)

I don't know where you've been lately but texts and IMs are virtually indistinguishable to me these days.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723785)

it's because IMs are words, not text, dummy.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721291)

Sounds like you're a little too proud you managed to do this.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721697)

Sir, i'm not sure you understood what the GP meant by 'creating'...

As such, your post has helped to prove the point a bit. If i had mod points right now, you'd be +1 Funny.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (1, Insightful)

webmistressrachel (903577) | about a year ago | (#42722881)

"Just because you don't understand how to make your own tweets" - duh. In terms of intellect, making a tweet is like making a fart compared to the websites I've made that are at no1 for their subject (try timber recycling sometime) with content easily managed by non-techie staff.

Just because your average level of communication is so shallow that Twitter's 140 chars is an appropriate venue for you and your ilk, doesn't mean the rest of the world has to like it, and the way it offers people who MIGHT have more to say an easy way of saying nothing after all... and forces on the rest a flood of gossip and crap from "popular" people that drowns out anything important they might have to say anyway, makes Twitter a rather negative communications medium overall.

tl;dr: It dumbs us down, and encourages "sheep" mentality. Don't use it, don't be a sucker.

Re:Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722977)

well said...

same goes for faecebook..

bunch of clueless n00bs who think they are living by reading other peoples mental diarrhea...

Re: Lock in and Consumerism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723007)

It would have been funny if your reply was less than 140 characters.

Consistency (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | about a year ago | (#42721271)

It's nice to see people who are utterly clueless about Apple users misunderstand other groups of people to the same extent.

If you're going to be clueless at least COMMIT, and by God you have done so.

Hmm... (3, Insightful)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | about a year ago | (#42720847)

Perhaps the author of TFA is unaware of the fact that iDevices all come with web browsers, which can show porn easily?

Re:Hmm... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720947)

Perhaps you are unaware that Apple does not allow Apps that serve porn to last very long in the AppStore?

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721121)

Yeah, like email, messages, phone calls, web browsing... it's not about serving porn, it's about cashing for porn, and Apple has decided they don't want to "touch that filthy" money.

Re:Hmm... (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#42721317)

Not direct but porn is easy to get on the iPhone
If you have an Apple TV it's easy to view it on your TV
There are even streaming services set up to let you pay and stream porn on your iPhone and apple tv

Re:Hmm... (2)

icebike (68054) | about a year ago | (#42721483)

Perhaps you are unaware that Apple does not allow Apps that serve porn to last very long in the AppStore?

Its an app that posts short little movies. That's all it does. You can make a movie about anything, or nothing at all.

Apple doesn't removed every app that could send or receive porn. There are dozens of such apps.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721781)

You say that like the GP doesn't get it. Like it's not common knowledge.

The fact that it is common knowledge is part of the problem for Apple's walled garden; it cannot actually censor most user-generated content in time to prevent adult content getting uploaded and cannot deal with the volume of content anyway... and yet it does still seem to try.

That last little bit is the funny part: watching all the moralizers attempting to cover up every piece of visible skin from every possible viewing angle, and in the process discovering that there are more dimensions than they knew about before.

Re:Hmm... (1)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | about a year ago | (#42722663)

Apple doesn't removed every app that could send or receive porn.

On the other hand, I remember there being a rule that if your app could possibly be used to display pornography via the Internet, it must have a "Adults Only"-type of rating.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720961)

Seems to me that Apple is unaware of that as they're the one banning the apps

Features unavailable to web applications (1)

tepples (727027) | about a year ago | (#42721059)

There are HTML5 APIs that Safari for iOS has taken a long time to implement, such as the ability to upload photos taken with the camera app (<input type="file"> was completely unsupported until iOS 6 [caniuse.com]) or the ability to access the device's camera with the user's permission (getUserMedia [caniuse.com], still unsupported).

Re:Features unavailable to web applications (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#42721337)

I think you're still only allowed to upload a couple of file types. Their browser is intentionally crippled.

It is called security (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722925)

Access to files from a browser should always be controlled/limited. Desktop or mobile. It is a security liability .... ask Microsoft's IE team why.

Web browsers and porn (1)

tlambert (566799) | about a year ago | (#42721373)

I'm not sure whether this applies to other web browsers, but Safari at least has the ability to be locked down via parental controls.

However, I'm kind of looking forward to the day when the parental controls fail on some site, and an angry parent sues Apple for the content being displayed. If they have an anti-porn policy and parental controls in place to be "family friendly" (who under 18 can enter into a cell phone contract in the first place again?), then they have responsibility if "anything dirty" gets through.

Re:Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721983)

Everyone knows that. This has been a recurrent comment since 2008 when Apple opened the App Store.

The difference is that Apple has Parental Controls that can disable Safari. There is no Parental Controls in the App Store (for 13+ etc.)

Re:Hmm... (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#42722399)

I think the point was that apple may have a PR problem, not a real "Oh my god, kids will see titties and will become sex perverts" problem. The chances of some idiotic overly-concerned parents organization realizing that safari gets on the web, and there's fucking on the web aren't zero, sure, but they're low.

"New app! Twitter! Popular! Children! PORNOGRAPHY!" Repeat 20 times. Run on fox news for a day. Apple would have a bit of a problem then.

unclear subject (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42720885)

I'm not sure I understand. Twitter is text only, isn't it? What's this point of the app? Also, if it is a video app (whatever that means, specifically), is it meant to simply work with videos or is it meant for racy videos? Is Apple likely to ban an app that is being used beyond the original intentions of said app?

Re:unclear subject (4, Informative)

MichaelSmith (789609) | about a year ago | (#42721139)

Twitter has introduced a video app which works a bit like short tweets. It lets you compose seven second video loops.

Re:unclear subject (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721799)

So twitter reinvented ytmnd, just like they reinvented texting?

Whoop dee fucking doo.

Just wait till apple finds out what's on the web. (1)

Kenja (541830) | about a year ago | (#42721033)

After all, in much the same way their web browser allows access to the most depraved porn mankind has to offer.

Derrick would like AssTime... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721053)

AssTime, the easy way to call ass-to-ass.

Why are people surprised? (0)

Bogtha (906264) | about a year ago | (#42721057)

This is business as usual for Apple.

The problem, of course, is that Apple has traditionally blocked porn and other adult apps from its App Store. Why hasn't Vine been included among them? Apple hasn't said, but possibly because Vine's expressed purpose isn't porn, but to share generic video.

Possibly? Of course that's the reason. This has been the approach Apple has taken all along. Even Apple's own apps, such as Safari, can show adult content. So long as the rating is appropriate and the primary purpose isn't porn, it's fine.

The only surprising bit here is that Vine managed to get away with a 12+ rating. That could quite possibly change very quickly.

Years ago, however, apps didn't exactly dance around the subject of porn - they satisfied the demand, so to speak.

No, Apple have always been reticent to allow those kinds of apps on the App Store. Their policy hasn't changed.

Re:Why are people surprised? (0, Troll)

dagamer34 (1012833) | about a year ago | (#42721199)

The almost near instant removal of the 500px app last week which went above and beyond Apple's supposed guidelines is more proof that the company does not apply it's rules equally to all companies.

Re:Why are people surprised? (1)

nevillethedevil (1021497) | about a year ago | (#42724093)

The almost near instant removal of the 500px app last week which went above and beyond Apple's supposed guidelines is more proof that the company does not apply it's rules equally to all companies.

Why the hell has this been modded troll? The 500px app WAS suddenly removed last week on the grounds that there is nudity and that it might have the potential get into the hands of children If you have the app installed then you are probably a member of the website AND have an interest in photography, therefore you are well aware of the nudity. If the standards by which these rejections are being made are based on potential, then Apple is being hypocritical and biased.

So? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721061)

You can watch porn on the Youtube app as well. Or, for that matter, in Safari.

Yes, Apple bans outright porn-o-matic apps and allows these. People seem to think that the App Store censors are like some kind of '60s sci-fi computer. "MUST BAN PORN...CAN'T BAN NATIVE APPS...NATIVE APPS CAN BE USED FOR PORN...ERROR! DOES NOT COMPUTE! *huge tape drives explode*

Maybe, worst case, they add Vine to the PG-13 category, or whatever they call the possible-mature-content section of the store.

Vine Sucks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721085)

Vine is a nice idea. But the implementation blows. Yeah, it was obviously "rushed through". It didn't even work until version 1.03 (and in an earlier version gave you access to other people's accounts). I've never seen non-Apple apps get so many versions through so quickly.

As for the app, it's like they asked a person of the street what they wanted, and the guy said, "I want to have this separate from Twitter, unlike twitpic, for some reason. I want to have all kinds of crap on my feed I'm not subscribed to. I want to have to *manually* add my tweeps into my vine account. Then I want to download several versions of the software before it even works."

This is Adam West Batman Reunion embarassing.

Porn is not a problem (5, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | about a year ago | (#42721255)

It is people who think porn is a problem which is the problem.

Re:Porn is not a problem (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721581)

Porn can be a problem because of how deeply erotic responses hook into quadruped brains. The wrong porn in the wrong circumstances can create a mess in a brain. However, censorship is a terrible way to approach the problem.

Re:Porn is not a problem (3, Funny)

hairyfish (1653411) | about a year ago | (#42721617)

Because animals watching porn is a huge problem in today's society...

Re:Porn is not a problem (1)

MimeticLie (1866406) | about a year ago | (#42721655)

Fucked up my mod. Apparently I'm bad at dropdowns.

Re:Porn is not a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722149)

Fucked up my mod. Apparently I'm bad at dropdowns.

Motor skills impaired from too much Porn? Or just distracted by multi-tasking, i.e. reading slashdot while watching porn?

Re:Porn is not a problem (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721793)

Porn can be a problem because of how deeply erotic responses hook into quadruped brains. The wrong porn in the wrong circumstances can create a mess in a brain. However, censorship is a terrible way to approach the problem.

Do you even have the slightest idea what youre talking about? I suppose not because everything you said makes absolutely no sense at all or is even real in way, shape or form.

Re:Porn is not a problem (1)

Smauler (915644) | about a year ago | (#42721871)

There's a possibility this is the case, but studies don't show a good consensus. Just because you think fucked up porn causes fucked up people doesn't mean the studies back you up.

Also, trying to stop fucked up porn is a failure from the start. If you want it, you can get it, and relatively easily too.

I personally try to avoid it... that might be because I'm not fucked up, rather than the fact I'm worried about the legal implications.

Re:Porn is not a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722911)

And this is why I will never sign up for a Slashdot account. The one-sided moderation is so blatant my fifth grader can recognize it.

Re:Porn is not a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723459)

Agreed. It's yet another example of America forcing its conservative values onto the rest of the world.

Re:Porn is not a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723899)

It is people who think porn is a good thing which is the real problem.

Re:Porn is not a problem (3, Insightful)

erroneus (253617) | about a year ago | (#42724051)

Porn is a substitute for our natural insticts which are to pretty much have sex all the time. It is rather important we manage those instincts. To better know why, it would help to recognize where we came from. And I'm not talking about "adam and eve." For many, it helps to achieve that chemical balance we need to remain... for lack of a better word, balanced in life.

I love it when people bring up children as if children are harmed by learning about their curiosities... curiosities driven by instincts they don't understand. Children aren't harmed by porn. They are harmed by lack of parental interest and guidance.

Gives new definition to (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721299)

this gives new definition to "you're holding it wrong" ...

apple and other app stores need a adults only area (0)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#42721313)

apple and other app stores need a adults only area.

At least android let's you side load with having to jailbreak.

Re:apple and other app stores need a adults only a (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721435)

Apple's app store (others probably do as well) has something better - a rating system that can be used to restrict that apps are available. Unfortunately some people don't know a) that it exists and b) how to use it.

Only if you make it a problem (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721409)

It's only an Apple problem if you make it a problem.

Yes cuz safari... (1)

barfy (256323) | about a year ago | (#42721469)

won't load pornmd.com with specially formatted pages and videos for the iPhone. This is a stupid story...

Well... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42721489)

If Vine poses a porn problem, that's nothing compared to what Mobile Safari is capable of. Do a search for Xhamster or Pornhub and ta-da! More porn than you could watch in a lifetime.

What were you expecting, kittens ? (5, Funny)

kegon (766647) | about a year ago | (#42721573)

I love this report [bbc.co.uk] about the article:

One user, Taylor Winkelmeyer, wrote: "I clicked on the link because I thought the warning was a joke. "I am furious I had to see something like this. Someone please tell me how to get it off my feed."

It's got to be fake, right ?

Re:What were you expecting, kittens ? (2)

Smauler (915644) | about a year ago | (#42721999)

Sadly, I don't think it looks that way. See here [twitter.com] and here [instagram.com].

Now, usually I don't judge people quickly, especially by their online presence. Taylor Winkelmeyer may be an exception to this rule.

Re:What were you expecting, kittens ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722717)

Ugh, I don't blame you in the slightest... she left a bad taste in my mouth, and her (poor?) husband probably doesn't even get that much.

I probably feel the same way about her as she feels about porn. It's confusing me.

Easily-accessible pornography? (2)

dgharmon (2564621) | about a year ago | (#42721743)

You have got to be kidding, do you seriously think the pornography seekers had to wait until now to easily find porn? Des slashdot have to join in what looks like a blatent attempt to tarnish the Apple App Store by associating it with porn.

"Vine lets you explore video categories with a hashtag, and a few quick searches for #sex, #porn, and some others that we'd prefer not to write down here show a number of graphic videos that feature male genitalia and recordings of pornographic videos streaming on laptops. That's just scratching the surface "

Re:Easily-accessible pornography? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723019)

That's just scratching the surface

That's what she said. [ducks]

Not to be taken for granted! (-1, Flamebait)

SnappyCanvas (2769761) | about a year ago | (#42722033)

This problem shouldn't be taken for granted. I think the concerned individuals must really do something about it especially now that there is a law against pornographic viewing.

Re:Not to be taken for granted! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722489)

This problem shouldn't be taken for granted. I think the concerned individuals must really do something about it especially now that there is a law against pornographic viewing.

Are you a spam bot? Neither of those sentences make sense, whether taken alone or together.

This problem shouldn't be taken for granted.

How can Apple take a problem like this for granted. What does that mean? To "take for granted" means
"to expect something to be available all the time and forget that you are lucky to have it "

Is Apple expecting this issue to be available for all time? Is Apple lucky to have it?

I think the concerned individuals must really do something about it

Who? Who is the "concerned individuals"? The concerned party in this case is either Apple (to whom the issue is concerned), or the people who dislike pornography (those who are concerned about the issue). It's not clear who you're talking about.

especially now that there is a law against pornographic viewing.

What law? Are you talking about the United States, some other Western democracy, or some backwards Sharia Law theocracy? Do you realize that Apple is an American company party to American laws, and not to the aforementioned Sharia Law?

7 seconds (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42722839)

Luckily for me, 7 seconds is all the time I need. (Posting as AC for obvious reasons)

Hardly a problem (4, Insightful)

ikaruga (2725453) | about a year ago | (#42722935)

First off Mobile Safari and all the other reskins(the other iOS browsers). A huge chunk of internet porn is perfect visible by just having a browser. And with the adoption of HTML5 in the next few years, I'd go as far as saying 99% of the porn will be visible by just having a web browser(even with a gimped javascript engine on iOS). If Apple was really serious about porn, they wouldn't have a browser in first place. Or maybe they'd use something like Opera mini, that goes through their server, gets censored, and then goes to the client device. The only porn that I don't think will be visible using a browser are a few Japanese 3D erogames(the visual novels can be done using HTML5. actually I'm surprised they haven't done so yet)

Then there is also offline viewing. iOS may not have file managers and it's codec selecting is limited, but its more than enough to view a video/pics uploaded uploaded through iTunes.

The apps. Apple policies are BS. DeviantArt is filled with artistic nudes, softcore porn and furry and it has multiple apps on itunes. Pixiv(japanese deviantart like site) is about 30% hardcore hentai porn and it has apps as well. Reddit and its japanese great grand father 2ch have several native clients for iOS, and they are filled with porn. Twitter already had links to porn and its integrated on iOS. It's not very hard to find youtube videos with some nudity or obscene language and there is an app for that. The only popular website with NSFW content that seems to be banned from the Appstore is 4chan.

Finally, the hypocrisy: their music and video stores have tons of potentially offensive content(not just nudity and sexual terms) that would be banned from the AppStore right off the bat. Never really understood the fuss about the apps.

Re:Hardly a problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723933)

Apple is fine with porn as long as they can shift the blame onto somebody else: webbrowser? it's not us ma'am, the internet is like that. Deviant art? you require a user/login to see the racy content, and then it's Devianart's fault if they can't control their uploads. Racy videos from Christina Aguilera making air sex to anything that moves or doesn't move? It's fault of the whatever-rating-video producers abide, but it's not Apples fault, ma'am, we are angels, we are going to burn them now that we've noticed. Thanks for your complaint and please buy another iSuck on your way home.

Porn is good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42723857)

Porn is good, except for faggot porn. Say no to faggotry!

No problem (-1, Flamebait)

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