AppStore Continues Censorship of Books
It has become a common practice of Apple to remove products from the AppStore or to reject them entirely because they don't fit with their clean, uncontroversial worldview. At least the one they want to sell the Apple disciples. The reality, however, is much dirtier. But in the AppStore, one can still simulate an ideal world and this can't be disturbed by hippies.
Not long ago, the books Hippie 1 and Hippie 2 by Danish author Peter Øvig Knudsen were banned from the iBookStore because it includes some pictures of nude people. The same goes for the app version of the books with videos and pictures.
Knudsen then decided to censor the queried pictures by putting red apples on the private parts and miraculously the books were allowed back into the Apple universe. But not for long. It didn't take the censors a long time to recognize that this type of censorship had a quite ironic taste and therefore they decided to ban this version of the books, as well.
The author then asked Apple for an explanation but didn't get an answer. He then contacted the Culture Minister, who unfortunately (and correctly) concluded that he has no real say in the matter since Apple is a private company that can decide for themselves what they do. Still, he also publicly said that Apple should be realistic in their decisions and not act unreasonable.
But not only Apple but also Microsoft and other companies have strict rules for products that are offered within their closed systems. This is nothing new and generally not criticizable. It's their business, they decide what's on the menu. Still, it becomes even more important for consumers not to give in to the laziness and let prude American major corporations decide what's acceptable and what's not. Everyone should play his/her part to keep (old) alternative distribution channels alive.
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