Jobs Reaffirms Apple’s Anti-Porn Stance on iPhone

For a company supposedly with its finger on the pulse, Apple seems especially reluctant to acknowledge one major, admittedly embarrassing, use of the Internet: pornography.

There’s no escaping the fact that “adult” material is a major drive behind large portions of Internet traffic. However, Steve Jobs seems determined to ensure that the iPhone will have no part to play in any pornographic proceedings–so much so that his anti-porn stance is beginning to become something of a gift for commentators looking to portray Apple’s top dog as something of a comedic figure.

Jobs previously used Apple’s iPhone OS 4.0 event to brand Android as something of a haven for adult entertainment aficionados, going as far as to state that the platform offers users the ability to ‘download nothing but porn’.

Now, in a response to an email questioning Apple’s increasingly tight grip over what apps make it onto the App Store, Jobs stated the firm is on something of a crusade to keep porn off its platforms.

‘We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone,’ Jobs told Matthew Browing, who had been moved to e-mail Apple following the removal of political cartoonist Mark Fiore’s NewsToons app, which poked fun at numerous political public figures.

Jobs added, ‘Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.’

TechCrunch asserts the email is genuine, with Jobs also admitting the removal of NewsToons was actually a mistake (the app is now back for sale). However, Apple’s increasingly public slating of porn-based apps could be giving its competition something of a leg up.

Many have already joked that adult entertainment is an undeniable part of everyday life for some. Jobs’ continued insistence that Android caters to such tastes could well be giving Google something of sales boost.

[Via TechCrunch]

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