Porn Apps on Apps Store and The Safety Of Your Porn

Porn Apps on Apps Store and The Safety Of Your Porn

As a parent worrying about the safety of your child is a constant niggle, as is the worry about what your child is exposed to on the internet. A good place to start is understanding parental controls on any iPhone or iPad devices your child has access to and owns. This will ensure that your child is not prone to accessing adult content even when you are not around hence will provide a layer of protection to your child when it comes to accessing information that maybe be misleading to children.
 

When Hottest Girls, one of the first porn apps to be available on the App Store there was an absolute outrage in the US. It was $1.99 and included pictures of scantily dressed and topless women.  Depending on the settings on phones, potentially these could have been accessed by children. There were protesting parents, organised marches and speculation about where this would lead in terms or world morality. All predictions were of a depraved society led by wickedness and evil.
 

Haven’t people been looking at these images for decades? Haven’t children been stumbling upon these images for decades too and what harm has been done? Do we live in a contradictory world where we can watch violence and sex on the television but watching on our phones and the world morality will cease to exist? 
 
 

At the time, it was widely speculated that Hottest Girls would see an influx of porn apps that would be visible in our everyday lives leading to all sorts of issues around how will would it be controlled. In a magazine or on a DVD porn is easy to manage because it is in the confines of a home and can be read or watched in privacy. The worries were around how private is a phone. Travelling on public transports, it is easy to see whatever anyone is watching, especially as these devices have screens which are getting bigger.
 

  • What is acceptable morally to view on a mobile phone or tablet in public places 
  • How will flight crew manage activity of passengers who would rather watch porn on their phones that the in-flight entertainment, which over the years has not really improved in quality? 
  • Will sexually explicit videos be available on iTunes for all to download 
  • What decisions will be made by shareholders, will porn apps be seen as profit making opportunities, or will they not want to tackle a potential backlash from customers vehemently opposing any products being so readily available 
  • How will television companies react to porn apps being available on the iPhone without the restrictions that broadcasters face 
  • Will there be a large number of porn apps available and how will Apple censor images visible on the App Store and not tempt children to download?

Well the world did not end. Apple removed Hottest Girls from the Apple Store in 2010 and removed apps that contained, what they described as “overtly sexual content”, changed their guidelines and sent out letters to developers explaining the changes. When the App Store was launched by Steve Jobs in 2008, porn was stated to not be available, so eventually all porn and partial nudity were removed.
 

Apple have stuck to their commitment of not having porn apps available and there are numerous claims on forums boasting about how to cheat the system. Apple have been relentless preferring not to risk relationships with businesses and customers for porn apps.
 

Not everyone has followed suit. There are porn apps available via Android
devices, although there are also so many apps on how to stop your porn
addiction. The images on the Android
store are neutral so it is reasonable to assume that these would only be
downloaded by anyone who specifically wants to watch porn.

 

Porn is more readily accessible via the internet in many forms, we live in a society where the internet is more accessible and we are on the move more.  That means porn could potentially be viewed in public and some shocked and outraged parents might be offended and challenge viewers.
 

That does not seem to have happened. Why?Probably because people still want to be discreet about their porn viewing habits. Society has not changed its view on porn. People who watch port are labelled as dysfunctional, over sexed, paedophiles and many more unsavoury stereotypes. They will watch their porn in private and will continue to do so for decades to come to avoid being stigmatised.
 

While society takes this morale stance porn apps will probably not rule the App Store, there is unmistakably a market, but a market that will be regulated by the might of companies such as Apple.