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Apple CEO Steve Jobs says that Android is a "porn phone" OS and that his company is far more chaste.   (Source: Trek BBS)
Group says that Apple has shown itself to be the champion of chastity

Early this year Apple purged the app store of all that was lude and lascivious, claiming that it was merely bowing to the complaints of parents.  Maybe it was halfway right.  The Parents Television Council has gone public, claiming that its protest campaign helped spur Apple to action and praising the company's new moral stand.

The PTC says that Apple's decision to block photos of apps based on their parental control settings and remove some apps altogether is a good step.  The group's president, Tim Winter, says Apple is definitely rubbing him the right way.  He states, "Apple has taken a positive first step towards eliminating kids' access to sexually explicit and pornographic content on its product lineup and we applaud the company’s effort."

However, the PTC has identified a new target: Google's Android operating system.  Android is set to pass Microsoft sometime this quarter in the smartphone arena, and will soon be the third largest smartphone OS provider.  It has the second biggest app store, after only Apple's 150,000+ apps – the Android Marketplace features over 40,000 apps.  

A handful of those apps are pornographic or otherwise deviant in nature.  The PTC is vowing to do its best to let Google know that they're being very naughty and to whack the explicit content off the Android Market.

The group is upset that Android OS has no parental controls and hasn't taken steps to remove preview photos or explicit apps like Apple.  States PTC's national grassroots director Gavin McKiernan, "We plan to draw attention to other platforms, such as Android, or Verizon's Vcast service, that aren't really doing anything.  We definitely want to see progress from some of the other handheld devices."

Steve Jobs, Apple CEO, agrees with the assessment that Android is very, very naughty.  He became rather hot and bothered when discussing Android at the iPhone OS 4.0 launch event and accused his competitor of being a "porn phone".  His company and users, are much better at keeping their dark, unpure thoughts in check, he feels. 

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RE: "Parents Television Council"
By adiposity on 5/4/2010 2:48:39 PM , Rating: 5
It's simple: if Jobs can convince parents that Android phones help their kids get porn, those parents won't buy their kids those phones.

Who cares if it's true or not? The parents will think they are being good parents by denying their kids "porn phones."

So your argument that parents are the issue is wrong. This group is about convincing parents that, to be good parents, they need to boycott products or otherwise pressure companies to change their products to keep kids safe from porn.

The problem isn't parents that care too little. It's parents that care too much and realize their power to control their kids is so limited, they want govt. and private company support to keep their kids from things those kids very naturally want.

RE: "Parents Television Council"
By Jalek on 5/5/2010 4:58:19 AM , Rating: 2
It's everywhere. Local television news reported that someone from a group took a picture of a kid in a large chain store. They didn't speak to the kid or interact at all, just snapped a pic when the kid was looking at something on the shelf near where they were standing. Store employees didn't stop the man, saying that no crime was committed.

The grandmother said he's having nightmares and is traumatized. The only reasonable explanation is the parents/grandparents convincing the kid he was as good as raped. The news editors added commentary from people who weren't there about it obviously being a pedophile.

The picture'll probably end up in some board meeting about the packaging of the toy they were standing there discussing and they grabbed a non-staged photo in a public place. Could it have been more nefarious? Sure, but as far as I know, those types don't congregate like that.

I'm sure it's just workup to a lawsuit against the store, hoping they'll settle instead of laughing at her.

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