Steve Jobs Reiterates: "Folks who want porn can buy an Android phone"
Monday, April 19, 2010; 9:40 PM
Apple CEO Steve Jobs is on a roll. While he's probably had better days than today, he's lately been shooting off emails left and right in response to customers' concerns. We just were sent what appears to be one such Jobs response, sent last week surrounding the whole Mark Fiore situation. And it's a good one.When questioned about Apple's role as moral police in the App Store, Jobs responds that "we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone." Better, is what he said next: "Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone."Last week, another Jobs email about the Fiore situation was published in which Jobs called the situation a "mistake." He noted the same thing in this email, but the porn/Android link is the key here. Assuming this email is legit, this isn't the first time Jobs has suggested users try Android if they want porn. Earlier this month, during a Q&A session after the iPhone 4.0 OS event, Jobs said:You know, there?s a porn store for Android. You can download nothing but porn. You can download porn, your kids can download porn. That?s a place we don?t want to go ? so we?re not going to go there.This is noteworthy both because it's funny, and because Apple and Google are in the early stages of a war that's brewing between the iPhone and Google's Android platform. Jobs is apparently going to keep taking these jabs from what he considers to be the moral high-ground.Read the full back-and-forth below:Matthew Browing, an Apple customer wrote the following to Jobs:Steve, I was converted to Apple products with the announcement of the iPhone 3G. (My friends have been trying to convince me for years.) Since then I've purchased 4 iPhones, 2 computers, several routers, and miscellaneous other items. Unfortunately, I'm really starting to have a philosophical issue with your company. It appears that more and more Apple is determining for it's consumers what content they should be able to receive. For instance, the blocking of Mark Fiore's comic app (due to being political satire) or blocking of what Apple considers to be porn.I'm all for keeping porn out of kids hands. Heck ¿ I'm all for ensuring that I don't have to see it unless I want to. But¿ that's what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to.Apple's role isn't moral police ¿ Apple's role is to design and produce really cool gadgets that do what the consumer wants them to do.Thanks for listening-MatthewIn response, Jobs replied:Fiore's app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and Android phone.Yes, Jobs apparently made a typo (and -> an), but we checked the IP headers on the email and they are legit. Of course, these can be faked, but it seems hard to believe that someone would go to all the work of sending us an email in which they changed all the IPs or manipulated all the time elements only to attach their real name and real email address to send it to us.And no, the email doesn't end with the usual "sent from my iPhone" or the new favorite, "sent from my iPad," but again, looking at the header information, that's because it was sent using Apple Mail. Jobs has been known to do this in the past (and recently) as well.CrunchBase InformationAppleApp StoreAndroidSteve JobsInformation provided by CrunchBase