Exclusive: Steve Jobs’ Last Aspiration “A Porn Free Tech World”!

By on October 9, 2011

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Steve Jobs was a tech legend and unfortunately the legend is no more with us. We have lost the best person of our times. He held an absolutely stunning visionary approach and extraordinary power of foreseeing, and both were always used for the betterment of mankind. From Macintosh to iPhone 4S …he has gifted us hundreds of gadgets enriched with thousands of highly useful features those serve millions of the folks worldwide.  But, ever we tried to know what his last aspiration was? What was his last target to achieve before death?  Steve Jobs last aspiration was “A Porn Free Tech World”…yeah he was desirous to dig out the ways through which the internet, mobiles, PCs and tablets might be made free from the filthy porn content…….especially for the youth.  He dreamed to make a pure pro-family tech world without pornography, obscene and sex oriented stuff.

This post is only the replica of an exclusive article written by Gawker‘s Ryan Tate on 05/15/2010 with a clutching title of “Steve Jobs Offers World -Freedom from Porn’”

An iPad Ad was the cause of beginning of this interesting story…in fact an electronic debate between Ryan & Steve Jobs. On watching this iPad Ad, Ryan ticked off and he sent an angry email to then Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs. Why Ryan became so angry after watching the iPad Ad? Before proceeding further, let’s watch that Ad first- the Apple’s official commercial for promoting its original iPad 1 with a slogan of  ’ iPad is Revolution’ .

After watching that video, Ryan Tate drunk the stinger cocktail and wrote an annoying email to Steve Jobs pointing towards the fact that revolution doesn’t throttle ‘freedom’ …since Apple was continuously disapproving many apps for their iTunes store related to pornography, sexuality,obscene and nudity at that time.

Ryan wrote an interesting paragraph disclosing how the next proceedings were carried out;

A few hours later—after midnight here in California—he got back to me. And I got back to him. And so on.

I didn’t identify myself as a writer for Gawker in my initial email, sent from my ryantate.com email address. But, as you’ll see in the exchange below, I eventually made my affiliation clear, and Jobs didn’t seem bothered. Between that and the fact that Jobs regularly uses emails to disclose new information to the public, knowing full well recipients now regularly make the exchanges public, I feel fine reproducing the thread below.

 It’s a feisty discussion, as you’ll see. And heated, especially on my part.

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Ryan also admired Steve Jobs for his habit to spare his time for debating on a sensitive issue like “Porn free World” and wrote that there was rare a CEO who would spar one-on-one with customers and bloggers like this. He also awarded bug credit to Jobs for changing the American executive’s typical mode of behavior.

Jobs not only built and then rebuilt his company around some very strong opinions about digital life, but he’s willing to defend them in public. Vigorously. Bluntly. At two in the morning on a weekend.

As much as Jobs and his actions anger me, and as harsh as I was to him, I came away from the exchange impressed with his willingness to engage.

Here is the full record of electronic debate between Steve Jobs and Ryan Tate over “Porn free World” via emails; as a one document.

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On the day next to the publication of this stunning post on Gawker by Ryan Tate, the media picked it as a new controversy between the folks who desire to allow porn content without any restriction at each and every available device either in the form of a smartphone or in the shape of tablet or PC since they thought that any kind of restriction on the porn stuff would be against the personal freedom and human rights; and the folks who thought porn stuff as a curse and a filthy material those involves the tech users into non-productive subject and turned into a big cause of time wastage.

Jobs had defended many times Apple’s campaign to keep pornography off its products.

We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy [an] Android phone (referring to the product of competitor Google, which has permitted a pornography store app for its smartphone)

As you know that Apple still doesn’t offer full freedom from pornography – though the material containing nudity and sexual content can accessed via the Internet, and may be manageable through iTunes - but most pornographic clips cannot, as they need Adobe Flash which Apple refuses to support for the big reason of its strict policy against porn content.

Sam Diaz, senior editor of ZDNET, commented;

Clearly opposed to pornography, Jobs surely realizes he can’t make it go away completely. But he doesn’t have to contribute to the spreading of it – especially in a place where children often shop using a technology that many parents still don’t understand well enough to police.

Apple rules and regulations for allowing any application for its iTunes store asks application designers to create apps those might be easily identified as  “pro-family”. The iPhone Developer Program License Agreement (sec 3.3.17) states;

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.

As per a report from Gawker itself Apple has twice rejected the app “Gay New York: 101 Can’t-Miss Places” since its includes obscene and pornographic imagery.

In February 2010, Apple did a major crackdown on app designers by excluding many objectionable apps that may have fallen through the cracks.

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All the sayings of Steve Jobs and Apple’s polices show that Steve Jobs last aspiration was “A Porn Free Tech World” where pornography, obscene and defamatory will find no place to exist.

Many folks would criticize on the post by saying that if Steve Jobs was against porn content on iOS platform and want to build porn free tech world, then why Playboy app is there on iTunes. The simple reply of this criticism is” When Apple approved Playboy for its iTunes store; Steve Jobs was almost out of the board making high level decisions and forming or modifying the company policies.

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