But Why Does Apple Wants To Take On The Role Of Content Gatekeeper?
from the how-does-this-benefit-anyone? dept
Following the recent post we had about Apple taking down popular games from its App store, the latest buzz in on Apple denying a comic book reader entrance to its iPhone app store because the primary comic book being offered was too violent. This has created quite an uproar — though, again, Apple has been upfront about the fact that this is a closed system from the beginning. So, it’s not entirely clear why people are pissed off at Apple. It hasn’t mislead anyone about the fact that it will block and censor content and apps.
Still, it does make you wonder why Apple is bothering? All it seems to do is piss off people. It takes extra work and effort on Apple’s part and it’s hard to see who benefits. Plenty of other systems out there allow anyone to develop apps and content, and they get by just fine, often using user feedback systems to make sure that “bad” content and apps get weeded out fast, without any complaints from users. Having Apple set itself up as the ultimate gatekeeper isn’t “censorship” — it’s just pointless.