Google Says "No" to Google Glass Porn Apps

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Google Says "No" to Google Glass Porn Apps

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"T**s and Glass," The first Google Glass porn app, was banned literally hours after it launched.

Google is being very careful about the type of content that will be available on its revolutionary new platform: Google Glass. First, it made its stance on facial recognition apps very clear and now, it has dropped the hammer on pornographic apps, banning the first Google Glass porn app literally hours after it was released, and altering its Developer Policy to prevent any more from popping up.

The app, appropriately titled: "T**s and Glass", is produced by porn company Mikandi, which calls itself the world's top app store for porn. The app was designed to make "authentic porn" by allowing users to create, upload, and share photos taken with Google Glass.

Google was apparently so unimpressed with the app that it issued the following addition to its Glass Platform Developer Policies after pulling the app:

"Sexually Explicit Material: We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution."

Bizarrely enough, Mikandi is not deterred by this change, stating that it would simply alter its app to fit in with the new policy. How a porn app can function without "nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material" is anyone's guess. Jesse Adams, CEO of Mikandai, also complained that Google gave no prior warning that the app would be pulled, or that the developer policies would change.

This move makes it very clear that Google does not want Google Glass to turn into a personal porn device, but i'm sure once people figure out how to root the device (no pun intended, fellow Australians), the unofficial porn apps will flow freely.

Source & Image: Venture Beat

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Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

Mr Cwtchy:
Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

I think they just wanted to make themselves especially clear. Maybe some child porn apps popped up somewhere else in development and they got in trouble for it?

Steven Bogos:

Mr Cwtchy:
Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

I think they just wanted to make themselves especially clear. Maybe some child porn apps popped up somewhere else in development and they got in trouble for it?

Well you'd have to be an especially dumb person to release a child porn app on Glass and expect nobody to care.

Just seemed kinda weird to me for them to just shove it on the end of that rule, is all.

Google says no to... This
Google says no to... That
Google says no to... The other

I see they're learning a lot at their branch in China.

Never heard of Glass, don't have any intention of using it. Especially not if it's as `white-picket-fences-and-polkadot-dresses` neurotically "clean" as it seems. Fuck Google and its censorship.

Well there goes any potential these things had. Flushed 96.765% straight down the toilet didn't you google. Nobody wants to look like a fucking retard with these glasses on in the first place and rather than drawing in people with the prospect of watching porn on the inside of your glasses you decide not to do it.

Brilliant! It's like a drug dealer who refuses to sell the hard stuff.

No porn on Google Glass? That defeats the entire purpose of it!

Mr Cwtchy:
Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

People who don't like porn don't really have anything reasonable to say against it so they pull the child porn excuse out of their ass.

Doom972:
No porn on Google Glass? That defeats the entire purpose of it!

Mr Cwtchy:
Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

People who don't like porn don't really have anything reasonable to say against it so they pull the child porn excuse out of their ass.

It's the most extreme application of slippery slope I've seen this year.

It's also a given... Might as well have made a law that "you can not murder" then adding "you also can not murder children" as though people would have thought in the first place that not being allowed to murder didn't extend to children.

From the headline all I could think was "Google says "No" to billions and billions of dollars".

Meh. If that's not the direction they want their product going in then fair enough. If someone wants that sort of thing on their device they can root it and install an unofficial app.

There will be plenty of custom ROMs just like for phones. It does run Android after all.

So, if I'm not mistaken, the glass thingie can take pictures. And you expect people to not take dirty pictures of themselves or others? Way to fail at understanding human nature there.

On the other hand, as with the facial recognition thing, I can understand Google being wary of apps that "pornify" unwiling people. It's one thing for people to undress each other in their minds, it's another for an App to create an actual representation of said undressing without content.

I know that's possibly not what the app was about, I'm mainly guessing here, but I bet that was exactly Google's train of thought:

App that makes porn out of pics -> People on the street unwittingly pornified -> Children

Can't say there isn't some reason to worry.

"No prior warning"?

It was in their policy to begin with. It said (compressed for time) No Porn, then pulled your Porn app. [sarcasm]shocking[/sarcasm]

Next article, "Cities ban Google Glass in public Restrooms". I will even petition my state government to do that. There might already be a law against cameras in restrooms. I am going to look into that.

He he he "Root" he he he. God I love that word. From the classic Australian pick up line "Have you ever tripped over a stick? ...How about a root?" to the Puberty Blues classic "How do I look?" "Rootable" that simple little word keeps giving joy.

Captcha: leave britney alone... can you say root-rat?

No porn = doomed to fail. Then again, hipsters wear stupid glasses so maybe they will buy them 'ironically' to fit in with other hipsters. Or whatever it is they do these days.

I'm still not sure what the hell Google Glass is supposed to do besides cost money.

CriticalMiss:
No porn = doomed to fail. Then again, hipsters wear stupid glasses so maybe they will buy them 'ironically' to fit in with other hipsters. Or whatever it is they do these days.

I'm still not sure what the hell Google Glass is supposed to do besides cost money.

I believe the idea was to test if hipsters would spend hundreds of pounds on looking like they keep up with tech even if the product didn't have the Apple logo on it. So far the experiment seems a success
Got to say, this seems really dumb. Like it or not products succeed if they are backed by the porn market, and its not like your partner wouldn't realise you were wearing your glasses and filming it

Isn't the thing open source anyway? I doubt removing it from their official app distribution network will do a bloody thing.

I'm not surr I saw the point of porn on them anyway, make what you are viewing clandestine is all very well, but having a wank in public is still illegal, and how the fuck was Google glass going to hide that.

They also haven't banned porn on them anyway, just specific porn apps. If only there was a way to to access the internet on them......

There are a number of uses I could think of for them, (mostly AR related things, keeping up with sports scores while I'm otherwise busy, checking on incoming caller ID without having to memorize hundred of unique ringtones) I did think of porn but decided that it most served as a way to get arrested.....

Plus it's android, so if you really must get your jollies on a train full of people it you can always get an unoffical app on.....

Yeah, this isn't gonna change anything. Porn always prevails.

There will be some ultra realistic app that involves killing and disembowelment, blood and gore. But tits... no, NO, NOPE, tits are bad!
Besides, we'll soon have Oculus Rift :P

The only thing I can say is that if you are actually paying ANYTHING for porn, you are doing it wrong. Its a multi billion $ industry, which always confused me. I mean anyone can create and freely distribute their own porn. And everyone else's porn.

You may as well tell me that boiling water is a billion $ industry. Sure anyone can do it, but some are more watchable than others and so they get paid to do it. And if the internet didn't exist I might just believe you.

Some of you will now go to youtube and search for vids of hotties boiling water. You know who you are.

Gilhelmi:
"No prior warning"?

It was in their policy to begin with. It said (compressed for time) No Porn, then pulled your Porn app. [sarcasm]shocking[/sarcasm]

That is what I was wondering, as I couldn't imagine them not including it in the first place. Especially considering that the idea for the glasses to be used in regards to pornography was pretty much jokingly mentioned by everybody when they were first announced.

So, whenever something like this happens, the other time that springs to mind being when that porn game was up on Greenlight and Valve took it down, there's always a set of people who are disappointed with the decision, which is fine. If you wanted porn on the things, this is disappointing.

But then there's always a subset of people who act like Google or Valve or whoever it is are just horrible people who shouldn't be allowed to reject stuff like this, which just baffles me. I mean, I have no objections to porn, but if a company doesn't want to sell porn, surely it shouldn't have to.

Candidus:
Google says no to... This
Google says no to... That
Google says no to... The other

I see they're learning a lot at their branch in China.

Never heard of Glass, don't have any intention of using it. Especially not if it's as `white-picket-fences-and-polkadot-dresses` neurotically "clean" as it seems. Fuck Google and its censorship.

I know right! A company deciding what it wants on its own product, damn censorship! Google can do what they want with their product, they own it. Seems you weren't gonna buy it anyway so I'm sure you won't mind.

Candidus:
Google says no to... This
Google says no to... That
Google says no to... The other

I see they're learning a lot at their branch in China.

Never heard of Glass, don't have any intention of using it. Especially not if it's as `white-picket-fences-and-polkadot-dresses` neurotically "clean" as it seems. Fuck Google and its censorship.

100% this. Porn is a reality and there is no good reason people who buy a device shouldnt be able to view it on said device. Personally i hope Googles attitude harms their sales.

So basically this shit doesn't even have browser support... amazing piece of tech.

i really need to go to bed before my headdesking over some peoples interpretation of "censorship" gives me an embolism or something...

ClockworkUniverse:

But then there's always a subset of people who act like Google or Valve or whoever it is are just horrible people who shouldn't be allowed to reject stuff like this, which just baffles me. I mean, I have no objections to porn, but if a company doesn't want to sell porn, surely it shouldn't have to.

In general, that's right. Problem with, say, Steam or the Apple Store, is that they are so big, their decisions have am impact on the market, much like Wal-Mart has been shaping the world of videogames for decades.

It's a delicate subject, and the question really should be: How big of a market share a company can have before they need to be accountable for their business decisions with regards to how the impact consumer freedom?

But just saying that probably has a lot of people scrambling to call me a commie, so.... Touchy subject.

What the fucks the point of this glasses thing if I can't even use it to look at my favourite creepy porn while I'm waiting at the bus stop then?

Steven Bogos:

Mr Cwtchy:
Is it just me or is the whole thing about child pornography completely disconnected from the first part?

I think they just wanted to make themselves especially clear. Maybe some child porn apps popped up somewhere else in development and they got in trouble for it?

'Popped up'? How could that sort of thing just appear on a Google App store? I know the people who push child porn are already evil scum, but now they're also stupid enough to think that they won't get tracked down with every resource Google has and turned into the cops? Or was it just some morons making joke apps? Meh, whatever the case, it's pretty sad.

octafish:
He he he "Root" he he he. God I love that word. From the classic Australian pick up line "Have you ever tripped over a stick? ...How about a root?" to the Puberty Blues classic "How do I look?" "Rootable" that simple little word keeps giving joy.

Captcha: leave britney alone... can you say root-rat?

Router? I barely know her! Yeah, I'm gonna go search around for root jokes now.

OT: Dang, I mean, this would be the most portable porn ever, you could literally watch porn in a lecture without anyone knowing it.

What? No porn? The only reason i wanted those was so that i could go to the bathroom without people looking at me with those judgy eyes when they see that i also take my smartphone.

That and masturbating in public transportation with proper stimuli, i mean imagination can only go so far... and most of the ladies there are so old...

Well i guess google's not getting my money.

Doesn't the Google Glass run on Android? Ergo, it's an open source platform that doesn't require going through the Play Store? That was the main thing they had over Apple products.

Still I can find porn on like, three other devices I carry with me on a regular basis, so I'm not too put off by it's potential exclusion from Glass. Really, the only thing putting me off it now is the price tag (And maybe its currently limited software lineup). Knock a thousand bucks off that bad boy and Google can sign me up too.

Candidus:
Google says no to... This
Google says no to... That
Google says no to... The other

I see they're learning a lot at their branch in China.

Never heard of Glass, don't have any intention of using it. Especially not if it's as `white-picket-fences-and-polkadot-dresses` neurotically "clean" as it seems. Fuck Google and its censorship.

Last time I checked, Glass runs on Android, so it should be able to run any app you want; you just might have to get it somewhere other than the Google Play app store, which is not difficult to do at all

So I guess men don't make passes at women who wear glasses.

Gilhelmi:
Next article, "Cities ban Google Glass in public Restrooms". I will even petition my state government to do that. There might already be a law against cameras in restrooms. I am going to look into that.

There's already a large number of businesses that have said they don't want these silly looking glasses in their doors.

And according to this
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/google/10097688/Fifth-of-Britons-want-to-ban-Google-Glass.html
20% of British people want the thing completely banned.

This is like those scenarios in cartoons where there's a wall holding back a flood, and a leak starts coming through. The character (Google, in this case) plugs it up with a hand, but then there's another leak, and another one, and another one...until they run out of limbs to plug the holes. How long until there are so many porn apps that even Google can't do anything?

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