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Jun 12 2010

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Steve Jobs Declares Porn-Free iPhone and iPad

by Amanda Kloer June 10, 2010 07:00 AM (PT)

Steve Jobs has stood for a lot of things in his career — business innovation, creative marketing campaigns, an intense hatred of extraneous USB ports — but now he’s taking perhaps the most controversial stand yet. He’s offering a new kind of freedom on the iPhone and iPad: “freedom from porn.” While I’m sure the ironic “big brother” 1984 commercial references will follow and the adult industry/free speech/libertarian advocates will be flooding his inbox with complaints, I’d like to point out a group “freedom from porn” on the iPad will benefit: the thousands of children and human trafficking victims used in the production of pornography.

The mobile porn market — pornography that can slide into a pocket, purse, or briefcase — is growing by leaps and bounds. Even though the industry is less than seven years old, it’s already generating millions, if not billions, of dollars in revenues. A lot of mobile porn is perfectly legal, made by consenting adults, for consenting adults. But some of it is made from trafficking victims, women who are forced to have sex in front of the cameras and pretend they’re having a good time. Some of it is also made from children, like the teen girls who survived the earthquake in Haiti. And the problem is, it’s really hard to tell which is which when you’re shopping in the App Store.

When porn is mobile, the industry is much harder to regulate and exploitation is harder to prevent.  Already, there have been several cases of child pornography showing up on cell phones. It’s also harder for parents to monitor what their children are looking at when porn can fit in a pocket. And some of the porn that’s out on the Internet and mobile devices these days isn’t just naked ladies; it’s hard-core, violent, and sometimes seriously demeaning to women. A thriving mobile porn industry also makes it easier for child traffickers to use pornography to groom children for the commercial sex trade and normalize violent and abusive sex. In order words, a pornified iPad isn’t so great for pornography’s unwilling victims.

So Steve Jobs has decided that the iLine of iProducts will be a porn-free zone. Commence celebration from those who are sick of being inundated with sexual images wherever they go online and complaints from those who really wanted to pass the time at the airport with Debbie Does Dallas. I’m sure it’s no surprise where I stand. The Debbie-Does-downers in this scenario will still get plenty of opportunities to watch porn from every other electronic device they own. But Jobs has single-handedly reduced some of the demand for pornography — good for the people forced into the industry. At the same time, he’s helped millions of parents avoid the task of scanning devices they may not care for, looking for inappropriate content — good for kids and parents and bad for child predators.

So thanks, Steve, for giving consumers a “freedom from pornography” option as well as the “freedom to all you can download pornography” options that exists elsewhere. And the kids who won’t end up abused and for sale in your App Store, well, they thank you too.

Photo Credit: karola riegler

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