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'Naughty' Apple apps: Should they be available for download?

Apple purged several sexually explicit applications from iTunes this week. Parents had complained that children were getting hold of apps such as Naughty Trivia and Sexy Scratch Off in the freewheeling online marketplace.

But the company's attempt at self-policing highlighted a debate raging in government about who should enforce such standards on the Internet. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  February 24, 2010; 8:45 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Although I am a strong proponent of freedom of speech, I hesitated to select "Yes" because my real answer is "yes - but with a tool that will also allow individuals to protect themselves from material they deem offensive and for parents to protect their children from apps that don't meet their personal standards."

Posted by: kbockl | February 24, 2010 1:27 PM

The better question is "should Apple decide what products it wants to offer on its store?" Answer: Yes. Any merchant can and should decide what products to offer. Apple is wise to establish a 'character' for its store and if an app doesn't fit, it doesn't have a place in the store.

Posted by: gjhinnova | February 24, 2010 1:38 PM

This is a tricky issue, because we are basiclly locked into a 2 year commitment with AT&T when we get the Iphone, though the Iphone is OUR Property. We should have the right to put whatever we wish on it and have a choice. If apple does not wish to sell those apps, fine, but let other companies be able to sell it to us. I am paying a monthly fee to use the service and the use of available Apps is party of that.

Its a very basic Free Speech right. If a parent wishes to police their children, then they have to do it the same way they do with TV and Music. But not by making a choice that denies everyone else the right to enjoy it, even if they don't approve themselves. This is like a Vegetarian trying to enforce the ban of meat just because that person think that "product" is disgusting. Parents should grow up and realize that their kids will learn about this stuff regardless and if they really wish to be a good parent they should talk to their kids about it instead of trying to blind them of it. Most parents are too ignorant to raise their kids correctly anyways and would rather smother them then take the time to talk to them.

Posted by: remission1 | February 24, 2010 2:50 PM

I am a firm believe in the individual or entity being allowed to provide the subject matter. It is incumbent upon the viewer or user to determine if the subject item is of relevance to the receiver. That's why people have eyes, a brain and even hands and fingers to switch away from the 'offending to them' subject matter. I don't need anyone determining what I should be able to read, see, or hear.

Posted by: maldelus | February 24, 2010 2:50 PM

Read your EULA. You don't own your iPhone. Apple owns it, they are allowing you the pleasure of using it. And they are within their rights under the license agreement to control whatever software is loaded onto their devices. Is it right? Absolutely not. Is it legal? Absolutely. Is it smart? Their sales of the device seem to say yes.

Posted by: verbal990 | February 24, 2010 9:01 PM

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