Steve Jobs Says iPad Revolution Means ‘Freedom from Porn’

From: LifeSiteNews

CUPERTINO, California, May 18, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computers, says his company will not be a party to the pornography industry and hopes that the iPad and iPhone revolution will help lead to a porn-free world.

Jobs reiterated his position in a heated e-mail exchange with Ryan Tate, a writer for Gawker.com, which follows news and gossip in Silicon Valley and elsewhere. Tate, who admitted that he was home alone and slightly inebriated at the time, took issue with a television ad calling the iPad a “revolution” and fired off an e-mail to Jobs.

“If Dylan [American songwriter Bob Dylan is one of Jobs’ favorite musicians] was 20 today, how would he feel about your company? Would he think the iPad had the faintest thing to do with ‘revolution?’ Revolutions are about freedom,” Tate wrote, not expecting a response from Jobs.

However, Jobs did respond to Tate, triggering an e-mail duel. “Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom,” responded Jobs. “The times they are a changin’, and some traditional PC folks feel like their world is slipping away. It is.”

However, Tate accused Jobs of “imposing” his “morality” by having Apple forbid pornographic applications for iPad. “I don’t want ‘freedom from porn.’ Porn is just fine! And I think my wife would agree,” fired back Tate – who later said he regretted mentioning his wife.

Jobs shot back, “You might care more about porn when you have kids.”

Apple requires application designers to adhere to a company policy that could be described as “pro-family:” The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement (sec 3.3.17) states that “applications may be rejected if they contain content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, sounds, etc.) that in Apple’s reasonable judgment may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.”

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4 thoughts on “Steve Jobs Says iPad Revolution Means ‘Freedom from Porn’

    1. Jeff Fenske

      Isn’t this great!!!

      How often do CEOs put morality above money??

      I don’t know the specifics, but I imagine Apple stands to lose a lot of the earthly $$stuff$$ from taking this stand. But people like you could help reverse the trend.

      I’ve been using Macs, exclusively for 25 years, and I felt somewhat badly when they would use titles like ‘Darwin,’ etc.. But Steve Jobs became very ill. And now that he’s back, this!! Hmmm : )

      Wonderful!!

      Many of us should pray for those who would attack him for this, especially “love of money” infected investors, and pray for those who still do have morals to help this be a spiritual and financial success for the amazing Steve Jobs!

      Jeff : )

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