Naughty: China Accuses Apple of Peddling Porn
April 17, 2013 1:43 PM
(Source: Photo Library)
Asian giant accuses Apple of helping citizens sneak porn in through the backdoor
Apple, Inc. (
) is still
recovering from a PR disaster
regarding poor warranty support in China, whose state-run media pounded the American firm hard with scathing articles. Now it appears that the Chinese media is yet again whipping the top American firm, this time over
by the newspaper
The People's Daily
that accuse Apple of being among the app store proprietors to be peddling smut to the masses.
Officially, Apple's App Store terms
. Late Apple CEO and cofounder Steven P. Jobs even accused his company's chief rival Google Inc.'s (
) Android platform
of being a "porn phone"
Much like China
, Mr. Jobs promised to
offer customers "freedom from porn."
However, recently there have been a rash of so-called "softcore" apps, which shown provocative images of scantily clad women. Other available iOS apps provide image manipulation tools to make female anatomy (obtained from internet images not distributed with the app) animate in a bouncing motion.
While pornography is not explicitly illegal in China, the tightly regulated internet superpower has
actively resisted internet pornography
from being openly available
on its networks. As a result pornography has not penetrated China's internet as deeply as the American market, although the Chinese often manage to
sneak their porn in the backdoor
using proxies or other techniques.
A Chinese model shows off an iPhone. [Image Source: AP]
Unlike the warranties coverage, the indictment on Apple is not a top story, and Apple is only one of several companies to be accused of provoking the problem. Still the accusation is enough to
, as a similar 2009 accusation of Google Inc. (
) was followed by a vicious series of hacking attacks on that U.S tech giant.
Citigroup Inc. (
) analyst Glen Yeung
that the previous Chinese warranty scandal could make it hard going for Apple. He estimates that scandal will cost Apple around $13B USD in sales due to ill-will in the world's largest mobile market. When it came to the warranties issue, Apple CEO Tim Cook was certainly eager to come to the table with an apology, looking to get China off his company's case. So far Apple has yet to acknowledge the latest accusation from China.
People's Daily (Chinese)
"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer
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