Phil Schiller Explains Sexual Content Ban

When Apple banned sexual content from the App Store, there were a lot of mixed opinoins from people. A lot of apps were banned in the process, and it left a lot of people wondering what Apple’s motives were for doing so. Four days after the chance in policy, Apple’s Phil Schiller is explaining their decision to make the change.

An interview with the New York Times, Phil Shciller explains why Apple did what they did:

“It came to the point where we were getting customer complaints from women who found the content getting too degrading and objectionable, as well as parents who were upset with what their kids were able to see”

One of the things that made their decision so controversial was that some of the apps from big name publications like Sports Illustrated and Playboy that should be banned given the new policy are being given special treatment based on their established reputation. Phil Schiller confirmed this to be true later on in the interview:

“When asked about the Sports Illustrated app, Mr. Schiller said Apple took the source and intent of an app into consideration. “The difference is this is a well-known company with previously published material available broadly in a well-accepted format,” he said.

This is where they do show some pretty serious hypocrisy. Their decision to ban sexual content from the App Store has a lot of merit, but playing favorites undermines their decision and gives us reason to question their motives. In other words, playing favorites is being unfairly easy on organizations that really don’t need Apple’s help anyway, and is a real reason for developers of banned apps to be upset.

[via NY Times]

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