Apple app store flaw gets kids to porn

Posted by Emory Kale

Parental control just isn't what it used to be. Flaws in Apple software let's kids see the dreaded NSFW images that we spend most of our time trying to find.

This story comes via Ars Technica, a place where they actually try and write real articles that aren't just a few paragraphs of drivel and some Google bait. Anyhow, they won't give me a job but, I still give them props.

The article at Ars points to the Blog of one Fraser Speirs. In his own words, Fraser is "a moderately well-known online person." By night he puts on a cape, or whatever it is Scottish programmers wear to do their coding in the evenings, and by day he teaches computing at a school. There is no mention of a kilt or haggis anywhere on his site so nothing funny there.

Fraser appears to have given the kids each an iPod Touch and he tries to control what they can get on it, like any decent adult in his situation would. And that's when he realizes,

"After some research, preference-tweaking and so on, I have one conclusion to share with you. Despite Steve's insistence that Apple wouldn't carry porn in the App Store:

The App Store is so full of soft porn apps that I cannot provide access to the App Store and comply with our acceptable use policies."

Hah! Take that Jobs!

Not that Fraser would ever say that. He is very polite. He is very precise and clear and to the point. The restrictions that are in place in the App Store don't do anything but stop the purchase of the beloved porn. They just tantalize the little 'uns with their saucy imagery.

Well, I would be indignant with rage except that my school couldn't afford text books so, if the little 'uns under Fraser's tutelage were getting iPod's, I say karma is a bitch. Of course, that makes me a socialist on this particular issue and raises a whole bunch of other questions.

Well, Fraser, it's easy to campaign against Apple from your lonely outpost. Some of us have to live in the same state as the company and we have families. We're just going to say, If it's porn Jobs want us to buy then it's porn we'll buy. We're not going to do anything to mess with Stevie's world. No siree.