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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Did Apple Hint At Allowing Adult Content?

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Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, made a lot of headlines when he merely hinted at the idea that the iPhone giant might reconsider its stance and policy on adult content.

Steve Jobs, founder and late CEO of Apple, was vehemently against porn. He made the App store squeaky clean and it remained that way to this very day, regardless of the profits that could be made by selling adult content. He famously said: »Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone” — or do what countless consumers already do — forget the apps and fire up the web browser to visit your site of choice.«

While it might be possible to circumvent Apple’s anti-porn stance many users still fear they might lose their warranty on their pricy objects if they get too creative.

Tim Cook, his successor, seems to be more open to the idea of making Apple products open for adult content. »We’re looking at every app in detail. What is it doing, is it doing what it’s saying it’s doing, is it meeting the privacy policy that they’re stating, right? And so, we’re always looking at that. And we don’t subscribe to the view that you have to let everybody in that wants to or if you don’t, you don’t believe in free speech.«

So far it seemed that Cook was explaining the company’s credo and that he would stick to the decade long mantra. But then he made a turn: »What you sell in that store says something about you, and if you don’t want to sell that other thing, you don’t sell it. It doesn’t mean that you can’t use an iPhone to go to your browser and go to some porn site if you want to do that.«

The reporter then said jokingly: »Nobody does that«. And normally that would have been it, but Cook insisted: »I’m not making fun of it … I’m just saying that it’s not what we want to put in our store.« While it still seems to be in line with the founder’s stance on porn it might leave the door open to adjustments in the future.

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