Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard that Apple banned Pulitzer-winning satirist Mark Fiore from its app store for ridiculing public figures (um, he’s a satirist, like, hello). Apple CEO Steve Jobs has since called the ban a mistake, but he’s not done ruining the fun for everyone.
Last week, TechCrunch published an e-mail from Jobs sent to a consumer asking when Apple became the moral police. Jobs’ response said: “we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.”
Assuming this email is legit, this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the first time Jobs has suggested users try Android if they want porn. Earlier this month, during a Q&A session after the iPhone 4.0 OS event, Jobs said: “You know, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a place we donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to go Ã¢â‚¬â€œ so weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not going to go there.”
We at Sex and the 405 find it incredibly ironic that Apple is pulling this nonsense. Remember the Apple 1984 commercial? Junior Anti-Sex League, anyone? Who’s Big Brother now?
Image from the Apple 1984 commercial, superimposed on an image of an iPhone screen. Information from TechCrunch.