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Apple Hates Porn, Approves of Drugs

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Last May, amidst the "leaked iPhone 4 prototype" hoopla, Steve Jobs had a very heated email exchange with a Gawker employee. He and Valleywag writer Ryan Tate volleyed barbs and frustration over Adobe Flash support, the legal issues of Tate's coworker, and Apple's definition of "revolution." Although Jobs and Tate both agree that revolutions are about freedom, Jobs took this to mean that the iPhone -- and in turn, the App Store -- contributes to this revolution by enforcing a "freedom from programs that steal your private data," "freedom from programs that trash your battery," and of course, a "freedom from porn."

Apple has largely taken a puritanical stance against sins of human flesh -- unless the proprietors are major publishers like Playboy or Sports Illustrated. Even an app that allows a section of a user-provided photograph to jiggle was banned because of "inappropriate material." But the iPhone's Safari web browser can access much more scandalous material and the company's not about to ban that software.

The App Store's approval process has always been wholly inconsistent, but nothing underscores this fact more than an app recently given a thumbs up: Roll Your Own -- a digital guide on how to roll the perfect joint.

The app features pictures and video detailing the expert craftsmanship behind five rolling techniques. Variables like mixtures, papers, and packing are included, as well as the infamous photo of Arnold Schwarzenegger toking up. The App Store has a strict policy against the avocation of drug use, and yet there it is. All ready to be downloaded to your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Apple restricts this app to users over the age of 17, which -- correct me if I'm wrong -- could easily be applied to any app involving adult content. If the company doesn't have a problem with casual drug use, surely a nude human body wouldn't cause Cupertino to crumble to the ground.

Then again, I'm not confident this app will be available for much longer.
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