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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

App zap

Apple has banned an iPhone app that allows users to plonk their own face in the place of what is purported to be Jesus’s face. It thinks the idea has “objectionable content”, according to the UK’s Telegraph.

Apple reckons the app, called “Me So Holy”, is in violation of a section of the iPhone agreement, which states, “Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users.”

Oh, so anyone can judge anything offensive, then, and have it removed? Is that the idea?


Didn’t think so.

Just religious stuff, then?

Hmm, thought so.

I can understand all that about porn and libel and stuff. But religion? What is it for if not for taking the piss out of? It’s just an idea.

Anything can be judged offensive to some people. The fact is, taking the rise out of an idea isn’t hurting anyone, whereas defamation could do so, and banning porn is understandable, whether you agree with it or not. And it perhaps shouldn’t be downloadable when these things can be used by kids.

But it’s time they were allowed to see challenges to religion, be they humorous or serious debate. They have it shoved down their throats in school often enough.

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