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Apple Breaks "No Porn" Policy for Uncensored Playboy App?

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HUGH GOTTA BE KIDDING!
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In the world of Apple, there are two certainties. One, criticism will be met harshly and with extreme prejudice. And two, no porn allowed. Both have been time-tested and solidified -- occasionally in one Steve Jobs email thread. After all, just because a company aims to be "revolutionary" doesn't mean it has to show some skin.

However, Apple has been known to make exceptions for big businesses. While a small, third party developer might get shut down by the App Store for designing an app with a female silhouette, scantily clad women in a Sports Illustrated or Playboy app are given a thumbs up. And the reasons, however spurious, will always go in favor of the corporate sponsorship.

These two diametrically opposing viewpoints come to a head this week with a simple Twitter post by an 84-year-old icon.

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner updated his Twitter feed with some information on the Playboy iPad app:


OK, cool. Probably some interesting articles from back in the day. A Faulkner short story or two. Maybe a hilariously sexist cologne ad. But I don't see-... Wait, what?!


Uncensored versions?! Has Apple finally caved?! Is it really allowing porn?! Does it actually think that the female body is -- gasp! -- natural?!?!

I don't know, Hugh. Given Apple's history with banning even the slightest hint of sex, it's hard to believe that -- even for a major magazine -- Jobs and Co. will forgo its steadfast "Freedom From Porn."

But if it's true, if this 84-year-old man -- whose mind is spinning from a mixture of being engaged to a 24-year-old and a fistful of heart medication -- is telling the truth, this is a major shift for the normally pious Cupertino. The App Store will undergo a major overhaul, establishing an "Adults Only" section, age verification, and perhaps millions of porn apps. It might have to gauge how risque an app could be, differentiate between hardcore and softcore content, and field a litany of angry phone calls from parents who caught their kids gawking at nudity on the screens of their digital babysitter.

Or it could just mean the octogenarian misspoke.
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