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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 snaxmaster on 6/8/2010 11:37:28 AM , Rating: -1
It's called "FREEDOM OF SPEECH!" It's the EXACT same thing as MS or Apple saying, "we will now build all our computers with built in, mandatory pron filters. Noone will ever be able to use or view porn on our systems." How do you think something like that would go over?

Don't expect these bans to last very long. I assure you there will eventually be lawsuits or capitalism will weed them out.

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.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)

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