Apple a bit bashful - censorship in action...

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  1. Prasius

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    Only the government can censor..... a company not allowing certain material on their product is their business choice. There are plenty of places to get erotic fiction and port, don't worry..... Apple for example refusing to allow a KKK or Black Panther or Third Reich app is their business decision. A government not allowing such organizations to have a voice is censorship..... The UK censoring the sale of certain video games is censorship....
     
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    I think you are getting a little mixed up. The first amendment applies only to the government, censorship is just the act of censoring.

    Corporate censorship - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Apple certainly practices censorship. So does walmart. What else would you even call it without sounding like you are trying to explain censorship without using the word? A business decision? Of course its a business decision. Anything Apple decides is a business decision.
     
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    Just seemed a little silly to me and very 1950's to me. I'm curious to see where Apples "business decisions" line is drawn....

    While I understand what you are saying Bremen, I consider anyone dictating what I may or may not see as an adult to be censorship. What if all ebook providers decided to stop the sale of a particular book because they didnt like what was in it? Is that "okay" just because it's a business decision? It's okay for a business to do that, but not a government?

    There is just something about it that sits really unwell with me. Before anyone points out that these were just, presumably, silly erotic novels, I get that; but really see it as being besides the point. Hey, its just a silly political text.. No need for you to read and worry your little head about that.. Now run along you ignorant little adult......
     
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    You are right, but I was not mixed up at all. The OP brought "The communist manifesto? Mein kampf? Plato's Republic?" into the mix, and it is just silly to even suggest any connection. FYI Just because someone who jots down a Wikipedia entry uses the word 'censorship" means nothing to me. I know it does to many others, but choosing which products to stock in your store is not censorship. There are plenty of other stores...... Only if the government forbids the product from being sold in their county, is it true censorship. A bookstore (for example) cannot stock every possible book ever made in history. So they decide what their inventory will be. Just because they may not stock a particular book is not censorship, it's just they don't stock that particular book. If I own a bookstore and choose not to sell the bible (the most banned book in history, and is even now banned in several countries), it is my choice as owner of the shop, and not censorship. But, if the government tell ALL bookstores that they cannot sell bibles... that is censorship.
     
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    And I totally agree with the highlighted statement above. But no one is dictating that to you. Apple is just saying they are not going to provide that product to you. For example... If a game seller in the UK does not want to carry a certain video game because they think it is to violent, you just go somewhere else.... BUT, if the GOVERNMENT says you can't sell it in the country, THEN they are dictating what you can see. You then cannot view the content, because you are forbidden by your government from viewing it....
     
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    Is it so silly to say that a company might consider Mein Kampf to be promoting racism and making a "business decision" to decide you're not responsible and level headed enough to read it?

    I admit I picked extremes for the purpose of making the point.
     
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    It's all good.... kinda fun thread really :)
     
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    Technically, if the government is banning the sale of the items, they may not necessarily be banning you from viewing it. I know it's a fine line, but it's there :)

    And I completely agree with pretty much all posts here. It's a crock for apple to dictate, but it is what they have been doing for ages and we've all been okay with it. It is their choice not to sell it, and our choice not to purchase their products.

    In a free market economy this shouldn't happen. Someone would pop up to fill the void and sell the book. Unfortunately, Apple would not allow that app on their iDevice. But the book would be for sale :)

    Ultimately, I think Apple's choices to limit what they allow on their devices to only that which meets some Jobs' morality bar may hurt them as more open devices with similar abilities hit the streets, it is still their right to do it. It is now our right to jailbreak the devices they provided to get whatever we want on them.

    I love this country... But I also love a lot of others too.

    Chris
     
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    You shouldn't be mad at Apple for not offering "adult" material, you should be upset at the person who held a gun to your head and made you buy an iPad!
     

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