Steve Jobs Wants to Keep Porn Off the iPhone

King of the Apple Empire, Steve Jobs, has faced some flack recently for his refusal to allow apps programmed with Flash. Apple requires app developers to use Apple’s tools, and Flash is not one of them.

One frustrated blogger on Gawker.com, Ryan Tate, e-mailed Jobs about a recent commercial calling the iPad a “revolution.” After all, aren’t real revolutions about freedom?

Jobs’ return e-mail three hours later opened up the proverbial can of worms:

Yep, freedom from programs that steal your private data. Freedom from programs that trash your battery. Freedom from porn. Yep, freedom. The times they are a changin’ and some traditional PC folks feel their world is slipping away. It is.

Freedom from porn? Yes. That’s what he said. (Read the whole email exchange here. Warning: explicit words used.)

In another email with an Apple customer, when asked about why Jobs was trying to be the “moral police,” not allowing pornography apps, Jobs stated, “We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and [sic] Android phone.”

Only two years ago the adult industry was praising the iPhone for being the “perfect vehicle” for bringing porn to America. Now Jobs is doing his part to make it less porn-friendly.

Many are pleased with this direction. UK church planter Tim Chester, author of Captured by a Better Vision, writes,

I’m delighted by Steve Jobs’ attitude to porn. I’m astonished by his biblical definition of freedom. Freedom is not about having lots of choice. We have been deceived into holding this false definition of freedom by neo-liberal economists. True freedom is the ability to choose or to be the best. God’s freedom does not lie in the fact that he can do either good or evil. It lies in the fact that he can always do and be what is best. Freedom is not being able to choose whether you view porn or not. It’s the ability to live the good life which is life in relationship to God and under his authority. And that freedom includes freedom from porn.”

Others feel Jobs is being ridiculous when he says he wants to keep porn off the iPhone and iPad. After all, Playboy has an app (not with nude pictures, of course, just teasers for the magazine). Oh, and let’s not forget… um… Safari. This is one of the reasons Covenant Eyes created a browser.

What do you think? Should Apple use its own sense of morality to guard what apps are created for its products?