Sunday, August 14, 2011

SCinemax’s Max Go App somehow skirts App Store porn police

If you’ve ever been *ahem* channel surfing late at night and stumbled upon HBO subsidiary Cinemax programming you know that there isn’t much differentiation between what you see there and all out pornography.

The news this weekend is that Apple just gave the go-ahead to Cinemax’s MaxGo App(free) for both iPhone and iPad. Yes, it includes “Late Night” content.

Far be it from us to judge what should and shouldn’t be on the App Store, but it seems that Apple is continuing to create controversy with its “no porn” stance.

In an email exchange with Gawker’s Ryan Tate last year, Jobs said that the iPad would offer users “freedom from porn.” And in a Q&A session after the launch of iOS 4, Jobs told reporters that porn was one reason Apple wouldn’t allow unsigned or unapproved apps onto iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad. “You know, there’s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That’s a place we don’t want to go – so we’re not going to go there.”
Playboy,which is at least as “soft-core” as SCinemax, was denied access to the App Store for its nude pictorials. For what it is worth, access to the Max Go app is parental controlled to users 17 or older.

If this story picks up, Apple will probably force HBO to curtail its mature content retroactively, not that there aren’t plenty of other outlets via Safari for such material.

*thanks 9to5mac*

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