It's official: Apple are the moral policeMikey 32 comments
TechCrunch has had an interesting back-and-forth with none other than Apple helmsman Steve Jobs on the topic of porn.
When questioned on Apples role, Jobs replied:
"we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone."
If that wasn't clear enough, during a recent Q & A he also said:
"You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go - so we’re not going to go there."
Wow - just how tall is that moral high horse, Steve?
Here's a crazy idea - how about letting users decide what they do and do not download to their phone? I know it goes against your company communist policy, but for some strange reason people actually like choice. Do you remember that word, Steve? Choice.
You know, when they broadcast adult shows on television it's my choice not to watch it if I don't want to. The fact that it's there isn't of concern to me. I'm not forced to watch. Likewise adult applications in the app store will only be downloaded by people who want them.
So what is the harm?
Do you find it funny, Steve, that once upon a time you accused Microsoft of being the evil monolithic dictators, but now you yourself are the most well known software dictator in recent memory.
So while you're busy playing the role of moral police, you might want to look into your own practices, because where I sit dictatorship and morals don't ever belong in the same sentence.
You dictate how developers produce and sell their own work, and then dictate what users can and can not have access too.
Get off your moral high horse and let the users decide for themselves. You know we're a pretty intelligent bunch of people, and I'm almost certain we could cope with sudden freedom of choice.
There's that word again, Steve. Defined as "the right, power, or opportunity to choose". Allowing choice will not turn your user base into sudden porn fiends. On that note, Android users who chose NOT to have porn apps aren't necessarily any more 'pure' than iPhone users. It's all about choice.
Sure there are loads of iPhone users who don't mind being governed, but one day they are going to get tired of it.
Android may be the 'moral decay' as you imply, but you know what? I'll take broken freedom over communist dictatorship any day of the week.