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Apple’s Anti-Porn Crusade: Why is Apple doing this and where is the line of impropriety?

So as Mushon pointed out, I guess I forgot to clearly state the question I am hoping the answer through my travelogue. The main question(s) I hope to answer through my travelogue is:

Why is Apple engaging in anti-competitive and seemingly anti-profitable business practice of banning application with “sexual” content from its App Store, and what is the line at which an application is determined by Apple as “inappropriate” for mass audience?

Some of my assumptions and norms regarding this “environment” is that:

1) Developers can choose to develop whatever application they find worthy of developing.
2) Developers also have the right to choose which platform they want to develop their application. (i.e. iPhone OS, Android, Blackberry, webOS, Window Mobile, Symbian, etc.)
3) Companies that own and control the OS and the application market can choose to reject the application from their platform.
4) Apple has been fairly controlling of what can be allowed and not allowed on their app store even before this controversy.
5) Open development and lifting of such restriction results in more vibrant developer community and ultimately more advanced development.
6) Apple is the dominant players in the application market with the majority share.

The approach I plan on taking to answer above questions are:

1) Research on blogsphere about what the technocrats and developers think about the latest move by Apple.
2) Deeper analysis and insights into why Apple might take this approach.
3) 1st person investigation into where the fine line between banned and not banned is drawn.

Hopefully this makes it more clear for everyone on what I will be researching more about in the following weeks. (I sort of started on the first task this previous week).

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2 Comments

  1. Harris 07:21, Mar 2nd, 10

    8 Reasons Why Apple’s Ban on Sexy Apps is a Bad Idea:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu_gEdw_VVk

    Could you try and contact someone @ apple and ask for the policy guidelines for this? Guidelines for developers, or guidelines for the staff that approves or bans apps?

  2. niharika 12:26, Mar 3rd, 10