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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Apple's War on Barely Legal Teens

Posted by on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Steve Jobs once promised that Apple products would provide the world "freedom from porn," and it looks like Apple is taking that "freedom" directly to your private e-mail. MacWorld reported this morning:

Apple's iCloud email service deletes all emails that contain the phrase "barely legal teen" it was revealed today.

Macworld has tested this by sending two test emails from a personal iCloud account. The message read "My friend's son is already allowed to drive his high-powered car. It's ridiculous. He's a barely legal teenage driver? What on earth is John thinking."

The second email amended the phrase "a barely legal" to "barely a legal". This second email was delivered fine, whereas the first is still undelivered.

I bet every tech journalist in the world is right now sending the filthiest e-mails imaginable from their iCloud accounts.

 

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Dougsf 14
Ironically, the Apple operating system is a much safer tool for browsing the most questionable of sites compared to the competition's offering.

@10 I remember that ad. Nothing touches my current favorite with the guy pushing the q-tip too far into his ear, however.
Posted by Dougsf on February 28, 2013 at 6:01 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 13
Now, an approved list of children's names is something I could totally get behind. Too many children are being burdened with awful names by parents who desperately wish to show how clever (or arty or religious) they believe they are.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 28, 2013 at 4:54 PM · Report this
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@11 I wouldn't worry about Iceland. It's one of the most educated and literate places on earth. They're proud of their language and culture, but they also reach out and touch the rest of the world at will. I seriously doubt there's anyone over the age of 10 who hasn't already figured out how to pirate shit through proxy servers.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 28, 2013 at 4:49 PM · Report this
Kinison 11
More and more, Apple is becoming the Orwellian company they made fun of 29 years ago.

@9 Yeah, funny how a year ago everyone was raving about how awesome Iceland was in dealing with their banking problems and having citizens re-write their constitution (power to the people!), only to have them attempt to ban all forms of porn. This in addition to the fact that parents cant name their children unless its from an approved list of names.
Posted by Kinison http://www.holgatehawks.com on February 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM · Report this
Catalina Vel-DuRay 10
DouginSF dear, I know exactly what you mean. It reminds me of the ad for fixmypc (or something to that effect) that takes place in a flower shop. That ad has the worst acting this side of porn (and both the actors look like porn actors on a side job)

Speaking of porn, I watch a dreadful amount of it on Apple products, but if they can spare me all the emails for it, it's not going to bother me.
Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay http://www.danlangdon.com on February 28, 2013 at 4:00 PM · Report this
Fnarf 9
On a related note, Iceland has banned printed porn and is getting set to filter all internet connections to remove it from computers as well, though plenty of people hate the idea and others wonder how effective it could possibly be:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb…
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM · Report this
Zebes 8
Thank goodness for Steve Jobs's enduring business sensibilities. We haven't had so capable an artbiter of both style and morality since the Pope made hand-stitched cassocks fashionable again.
Posted by Zebes http://www.badrap.org/rescue/index.html on February 28, 2013 at 2:53 PM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 7
I need to watch some gay porn on my iPad mini...in the Apple store in U Village
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on February 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
Dougsf 6
Speaking of which, has anyone else found themselves laughing out loud at that Outlook TV ad when the guy blurts out "why do you think we're having financial troubles?!"

Outlook for home could probably grab a decent share of current webmail users based on the point their trying to make, but that ad is shit.
Posted by Dougsf on February 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM · Report this
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Read the article. The process by which the phrase was isolated is pretty cool and it gives a deeper understanding of how it censors discussions of "barely legal teen" of any kind, even a critique or a movie script. Wonder what the other phrases are?
Posted by cracked on February 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM · Report this
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providing a "world free from porn" just sounds creepy as fuck.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 28, 2013 at 1:37 PM · Report this
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In keeping with Apple's renowned dedication to seamless usability, the automatic filtering and censoring of all communications will be implemented behind the scenes so subscribers don't even know it's happening. So user-friendly!
Posted by Proteus on February 28, 2013 at 1:20 PM · Report this
fletc3her 2
This is why the idea that spam has been "solved" is ridiculous. The filters which are used to detect and delete spam are a constant headache capturing many false positives.
Posted by fletc3her on February 28, 2013 at 1:17 PM · Report this
Sir Vic 1
I bet every tech journalist in the world is right now sending the filthiest e-mails imaginable from their iCloud accounts.

How is this different than any other day?
Posted by Sir Vic on February 28, 2013 at 1:01 PM · Report this

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