If the latest e-mail purportedly sent by Apple CEO Steve Jobs to a customer called Matthew Browning is, indeed, genuine, then Apple seems to be reaching for some moral high ground, which may or may not be virtual.
Browning wrote to Jobs because he was concerned that Apple was choosing to become something that I don't remember seeing on The Wire : a moral policeman. Browning worried that Apple's initial blocking of an app by satirical cartoonist,
Mark Fiore, sent a dubious signal. He then went on to discuss Apple's stance on porn.
According to TechCrunch, he wrote: I'm all for keeping porn out of kids hands. Heck--I'm all for ensuring that I don't have to see it unless I want to. But...that's what parental controls are for. Put these types of apps into categories and
allow them to be blocked by their parents should they want to.
The Apple CEO reportedly replied: Fiore's app will be in the store shortly. That was a mistake. However, we do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone. Folks who want porn can buy and (sic) Android phone.