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Android to filter content on its online stores?

Not too long ago, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs made headlines by proclaiming that people who wanted mobile pornography could have their needs fulfilled with the porn stores available for Google’s Android OS. However, it seems like that is about to change.

Read on to find out more.

Google has always prided itself on having a mobile OS that is free in every sense of the word: not only is Android given away to developers without charge, users are also free to choose any online source available to obtain applications for their phone, unlike Apple which insists that all apps go though its own iTunes App store.

However, it seems that Google might be forced to take away a little of Android’s ability to make use of any online source, especially if the Parents Television Council (PTC) has its way with the smartphone market.

Well-known for having made complaints to the FCC over what they perceive as child safety and parental control issues, the next item on the PTC’s agenda is to restrict children’s access to ‘objectionable’ content in the smartphone space, and it plans to draw attention to platforms such as Android and Verizon’s Vcast service, which it claims aren’t doing anything to protect children from freely accessing such content.

According to PTC’s grassroots leader Gavin McKiernan, the issue of parental controls for smartphones is more important than on a PC simply because it is almost impossible for parents to monitor a child’s smartphone browsing habbits as opposed to doing so on a desktop or notebook.

“We plan to draw attention to other platforms, such as Android, or Verizon’s Vcast service, that aren’t really doing anything,” he said in an interview with Ars Technica.” We definitely want to see progress from some of the other handheld devices.”

Still, the group insists that it is not its intention to push for complete censorship of such content, claiming instead that its objective is just to ensure that parents have access to tools and software which could be used to block children’s access to offensive material, regardless of the platform.

“We take no stance on the ability of adults to access legal images, movies, or whatever the case may be,” McKiernan said.

Source: Ars Technica

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