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Google Forced to Filter Porn from Android Market?

Over the weekend, Ars Technica made an interesting notion that Google may come under heavy fire by the Parents Television Council, the group partially responsible for Apple's recent Sweep of Death through the Apps Store that nuked numerous porn-related apps. The same group now wants to go after other mobile platforms, including the Android Market.

"We plan to draw attention to other platforms, such as Android, or Verizon's Vcast service, that aren't really doing anything," said the PTC's national grassroots director McKiernan." We definitely want to see progress from some of the other handheld devices."

The comment came immediately after Steve Jobs shot down Google's mobile OS as an all-you-can-eat porn buffet open to the entire family. While the availability of mobile porn may appeal to some, Jobs had a point: Google currently does not offer any type of parenting control for Android-based devices. With that said, any Android owner can jump on the Market and download apps that can stream pure porn to the device.

But it doesn't stop there either. Users can also toggle on the Android's ability to install apps from "unknown sources"--those not listed on the Market. Not only does this allow the use of "homebrew" applications (which is a whole other piracy issue in itself), it also opens the door to additional porn-related applications. This could be problematic for parents who purchased an Android-based smartphone for their children, especially those under the age of 18. In fact, providing access to porn could be a legal issue.

Again, there needs to be parental controls. The PTC made it clear that it wasn't set out to ban porn altogether, but rather wants it inaccessible to the minors. "Our goal is on limiting children's access to objectionable content and ensuring parents have the ability to limit this access when deemed necessary," McKiernan told Ars. "We take no stance on the ability of adults to access legal images, movies, or whatever the case may be."

  • xtc28
    Ohhhhhhh Nooooooo more censoreship. RUNNNNNNNN ........ Holy crap they want all of our liberties.
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  • dman3k
    When are they going after Al Gore and the INTERNET???

    What a bunch of assholes for being bad parents blaming others for what their children are downloading/watching/playing/f**king/etc/etc.
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  • dman3k
    PTC motto: "We blame God for providing goats for our farm boys"
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  • nevertell
    Then why aren't they blamed for not censoring porn in Chrome ?
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  • hellwig
    Who the F*CK buys porn apps? Jesus christ the internet is full of free porn, why do you need an app? I want to make a commercial showing some kid browsing millions of porn pages on the iPhone's Safari browser and stating something like "wow, this really is the real internet, thanks Apple!".

    Ok, so maybe Google should have an option to prevent installing apps so they can lock-out their kids. Of course, maybe parents shouldn't buy their kids smart-phones. Kids only need phones for 1 reason, to call home and be available to be called by the parents. Give you kid a phone that is capable of anything else and you have only yourself to blame, not Google or Apple.

    p.s. How many free porn apps are there on the Android Market place? I know my phone wouldn't let me buy any apps until I updated by Google Shopping account with a credit card. So seriously, who attaches a credit card to their childs Google Shopping account, then blames Google when their kid buys porn with the credit card they gave them free-reign too?

    Christ, if I see another article where irresponsible parents blame some corporation for not raising their child right, I'm gonna run around town with a broken microwave mass-sterilizing people. If you can't raise your own child right, you should lose your parental rights. No one else should be responsible for the fact that you got drunk and forgot to wear a condom one night 15 years ago.
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  • wintermint
    Hey leave my porn alone! I was going to get the HTC Incredible but I don't want to have parental control :x
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  • How about giving your children basic phones instead, then they can't access it! Thats like saying cable TV should not show nudity because my 14 year old has a Plasma in his room with HBO! don't make the world raise your kids, raise them yourself! And tell your kids to watch out because mine bites (he is 1).
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    ok so now because they can access porn from their phone it could become a legal issue?
    WTF???

    that means that me having a computer is a legal issue... who says I can't access porn? All I have to do is a quick google search...
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  • Android is going to take it in the ASS!
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  • maestintaolius
    I, for one, am glad we have these groups out there policing these evil companies that expose our innocent children to porn! It's far too much bother to actually be involved in active parenting and it cuts into my Lost viewing time. Now, if only these companies would police thought crime too I could sleep easily at night.
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