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."
What a bunch of assholes for being bad parents blaming others for what their children are downloading/watching/playing/f**king/etc/etc.
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.
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...