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Apple porn apps trigger Chinese users' anger


08:54, March 30, 2012

SHANGHAI, March 29 (Xinhua) -- A large quantity of porn content found in Apple's online App Store has provoked public anger in China, with some parents calling for strengthened requirements for mobile applications.

It was recently discovered that among the top 10 best-selling e-books available through the App Store, more than half have obscene content. Users also discovered that many free e-books, which are listed alongside children's books, have lewd content.

Many netizens have expressed concern about the content on Sina Weibo, a popular Chinese microblogging site.

"Mengshuomenghua," writing on the microblogging site Sina Weibo, said, "In the App Store, users not only have access to nearly 100 literary works suspected of being in violation of copyright laws, but can also find a great number of pornographic publications listed among the most popular downloads, which is very astonishing."

"Xinfuzhiqian" posted, "Since the departure of Steve Jobs, Apple seems to have gone bad, with piracy and pornography flooding the online store."

A Shanghai resident surnamed Feng said his iPad has almost become a toy for his child, and he is quite worried because inappropriate content available through the App Store is within easy reach of his child.

Apple mobile devices, including the iPhone, iPad, iPod and iTouch, have about 315 million users worldwide and downloads from the App Store have exceeded 25 billion, analysts said.

Pornography has played a confusing role in the history of the App Store. When Steve Jobs introduced the App Store in June 2008, porn was at the top of the list of prohibited content, but Apple fans repeatedly report finding pornographic apps.

When Chinese media extensively reported on pornographic content in the App Store in September 2011, senior managers for Apple China promised to communicate with the U.S. headquarters about the problem, but the company has so far offered no satisfactory reply.

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Srwl at 2012-04-1124.215.200.*
If Apple does not comply by China"s porn law, then it should not be in China in the first place.

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