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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer is about to give pornography, suggestive images, and racy text the beat down.  (Source: YouTube)
Windows Phone 7 bans porn, suggestive content, and racy text

Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has recently led a crusade against pornography on the iPhone and iPod touch.  Emboldened perhaps by the vocal cries of family advocacy groups, Jobs engaged in a 2 a.m. flame war with a news editor arguing that he is offering the world "freedom from porn."  Jobs has dismissed Google's Android handsets as dirty "porn phones."

Now Microsoft looks to continue "following in Apple's line" as one Microsoft exec involved with Windows Phone 7 once put it.  Microsoft has announced elaborate restrictions [PDF] to cure its app developers and users of their dirty, puerile urges.

The first prohibition is fairly predictable:
  • Any content of a sexual nature depicting children or animals.
From there they get increasingly subjective, though:
  • Sex / Nudity – Images that are suggestive or sexual (e.g. sexually provocative touching, bondage, masturbation) or provocative images that reveal nipples, genitals, buttocks, or pubic hair.
  • Any adult and/or borderline adult content (images or text).
  • Content that generally falls under the category of pornography.
  • Content that depicts or suggests prostitution.
  • Any content depicting sexual fetishes.
The ban on provocative or suggestive content means its unlikely that swimsuit apps like an app featuring Sports Illustrated's swimsuit models will come to the phone anytime soon.  And the ban on app suggesting prostitution may make it tough for apps like Grand Theft Auto to reach the phone in all their glory.

It's unclear whether these prohibitions existed in the Windows Mobile 6.x marketplace era, but were merely not broadly publicized or are something new.  What is clear is that Microsoft is taking a hard-nosed stance when it comes to sexual content and is making it absolutely clear that it will not be tolerated in the Windows Phone 7 ecosystem. 

In the words of Steve Jobs, "If you want porn, get an Android."

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RE: How stupid...
By omnicronx on 6/8/2010 10:59:18 AM , Rating: 5
Seriously anyone complaining about this has no life...

You don't need pornography on the app store to watch porn, period.. You have the internet at your fingertips, is it really that terrible that you can't download porn from the official app store?

You are also kidding yourself if you think they will ban blockbuster games like GTA if the situation were to arise.

RE: How stupid...
By snaxmaster on 6/8/10, Rating: -1
RE: How stupid...
By omnicronx on 6/8/2010 11:51:27 AM , Rating: 5
Are you a moron? You have absolutely no right to dictate how a private company operates.

Having no porn in a closed system is merely a marketing tool, both companies probably want to give parents some peace of mind.

As I said, there are many avenues to watch porn on any device, and I fully understand why a company does not want to be associated with porn.

If you want to practice free speech, don't buy these devices! Thats your right, but thats where your rights ends.

RE: How stupid...
By Mitch101 on 6/8/2010 1:22:08 PM , Rating: 3
Its like someone protesting that Disney doesn't carry porn and that violates their rights.

RE: How stupid...
By theapparition on 6/8/2010 12:19:07 PM , Rating: 2

Go to your local Wal-mart and demand porn from them. Why is it any different from an internet store?

I have no problem with Apple/MS purging applications they deem inappropriate/racist/etc from their store.

Where I draw the line is with Apple, who will not let you install anything they don't approve. They have the right to not approve what they want to sell in thier store, but do not have the right to tell me what I am allowed to buy and install, and from whom to purchase, etc.

Hopefully, MS will not go down the same path and allow 3rd party apps to install.

Besides, as mentioned, plety of things to see when you have web access. No application required. (although most apps are just stripped down web pages)

RE: How stupid...
By UNHchabo on 6/8/2010 1:09:37 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully, MS will not go down the same path and allow 3rd party apps to install.

MS has said that at the very least, they will allow you to install programs to your own phone using Visual Studio, so that means you can install all open-source 3rd party apps, at least.

Since this will work even with the Express editions of Visual Studio, this means that you don't have to pay anything in order to load your own apps onto the phone.

RE: How stupid...
By Smilin on 6/8/2010 2:54:26 PM , Rating: 3

Stupid internet argument #142.

"A <person,company> can't tell me whats to says. I has got teh FREEDOM OF SPEECH!"

It's always from some angry little person that doesn't understand the difference between govornment and individuals.

Lawsuits. Oh man that's rich.

RE: How stupid...
By Reclaimer77 on 6/8/2010 6:17:25 PM , Rating: 2
It's not about porn, it's about companies selling you a product and then dictating how you use said product. I expect this from Apple, but Microsoft!? Windows would NEVER have the marketshare it currently does if they treated it like this.

RE: How stupid...
By Alexstarfire on 6/8/2010 8:47:19 PM , Rating: 2
It seems to me that it's not just from the official app store, but all apps in general. Or at least that's what I'm lead to believe from what I read in the article. Yea, you have internet, but wasn't WM7 not going to have flash for a while? Good luck with looking at porn without flash.

That said, who watches porn on their phone? I don't watch porn in public and that's the only place where I would be using my cell phone to watch videos. In private I've got my own computer to watch stuff like that. Not a big loss IMO, but it's still pretty stupid.

RE: How stupid...
By safcman84 on 6/9/2010 4:54:17 AM , Rating: 2
you missed my point....

Dont care about porn apps, i do care about MS following Apple's example.

I dont buy Apple's products due to their police state mentality, and now MS is starting to do the same.

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