Microsoft: No porn apps allowed on Windows Phone 7

Microsoft revealed the new policies for the Windows Phone Marketplace earlier today.

As part of the policy (PDF) there's an interesting section headed Adult Related Content:

Content not allowed:
 
  • Sex / Nudity – Images that are suggestive or sexual (e.g. sexually provocative touching, bondage, masturbation) or provocative images that reveal nipples, genitals, buttocks, or pubic hair.
  • Any adult and/or borderline adult content (images or text).
  • Content that generally falls under the category of pornography.
  • Content that depicts or suggests prostitution.
  • Any content depicting sexual fetishes.
  • Any content of a sexual nature depicting children or animals.

We're not sure if this Adult Related Content policy existed for the Windows Mobile 6.x marketplace and we're seeking to clarify that with Microsoft officials. The updated policy makes it clear that no pornographic applications will be allowed on Windows Phone 7 devices. As Windows Phone 7 will only allow applications onto the device via the marketplace (unless you're a developer) then it's a safe bet that Microsoft is taking the same stance that Apple has for its iPhone App Store - no porn allowed.

"If you want porn, get an Android" - Steve Jobs.

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Monkeys4me said,

I think that model will eventually bite Google in the butt. It leaves the door wide open for exploitation, which is one of the significant concerns around Android in the business world. Going that route would (imho) have a detrimental imact on business sales for Win Phone 7.

Here's an interesting article on the subject from the Wall Stree Journal:
http://online.wsj.com/article/..._MIDDLENexttoWhatsNewsFifth

Business users can lock out their employees phones with exchange/administrator policies that restrict installation of out of market applications or even market applications.

mrp04 said,

Business users can lock out their employees phones with exchange/administrator policies that restrict installation of out of market applications or even market applications.

In which case having the option to sideload out of market apps or not is pointless.

Why is so much hue and cry about porn. Its not affecting anybody. People are mature and they know what is good and bad for them. We don't need some stupid corporation pushing their so called ethical agenda to users. Are people using smart phone dumb enough to not know what is good or bad for them. Let people decide what they want. As long as it is not affecting anyone in any negative way then let it happen. By the way, why so much fuss about porn. It is one of the most natural thing every grown person does. I don't see anything wrongful with porn as long as it is of good taste.

Well, see, no.

1) Sex is the "most natural thing", not porn. WP7 will not be preventing anyone from having sex.

2) This isn't a matter of pushing an ethical agenda. That's just something people with zero understanding of what motivates policy would say.

3) Nobody's crying about the porn except the people like yourself, who feel insulted by this policy. All MS did was say "Here's the policy." That isn't crying. That isn't preaching. It's just publishing. The only crying was the outcry, to which your post is contributing. If you're going to ask about why there is so much crying about porn, ask yourself.

4) Porn will still be fully accessible on WP7 devices, just like it is on computers. You'll be able to watch it on streaming sites, download it from sites, and maybe even eventually torrent it (if a torrent app gets approved) some day, just like on a computer. The only thing this restricts is porn SOFTWARE--

--and last I checked, people who install porn software on computers are the DUMBEST tards on the planet, and I'm pretty sure EVERYONE agrees with that. Porn software is notorious for being absolutely riddled with malware and spyware. It's some of the most unsafe code ever written. Why the hell are so many people up in arms that such a dangerous code market is being locked out?

I say, banning porn apps is a security measure, and a good one.

Holy crap, what is wrong with you people. Instead of reporting about the new policies for app developers you instead highlight a porn policy that has already been in place for a long time.

Its amazing that so many blogs post such crap. Nerds really need to get out and start meeting some females, its starting to become an epidemic. Seriously, you guys are an embarrassment.

man oh man see no big deal about this. People who need porn in their phone so they can 'instantly access' any time is real sick. You would not masturbate on the bus would ya?

It was pretty obvious this would be the case when it was made apparent apps would be obtained via their app store. MS obviously wasn't going to sell porn for image reasons.

this is a disgrace.

who can take a female
film her with a camera
throw in some leather and a slutty outfit or two
oh the porn-o-man can
cause he films all the things that make the world go round...

something something windows phone app.

This is a very simple issue. If the market wants it, it will come. It has NOTHING to do with ANYTHING but the amount of MONEY that is at stake. Period.

No, see, no. That sounds great on paper, but the problem with techies who preach the merits of freedom is that they don't seem to be aware of reality.

In technology, in the consumer market, freedom doesn't sell. You think Android is doing well because it's a free culture? Well, fine, you're welcome to think that, but you'd be wrong. It's succeeding for two reasons: the iPhone is only on at&t, and it's wearing the single most common household tech brand of all time--Google. That's a powerful brand, people recognize it and like it because it's already a part of how they compute.

The app market for Android started off being little more than poorly coded enthusiast software that served little more purpose than to inflate the market enough to get the attention of developers people actually WANT to see--big corporate developers representing the web content we're addicted to.

Freedom for porn apps isn't going to draw any kind of developer but porn developers (seriously, load up ANY nekkid game on Android's market and go to show all apps by that developer and let me know when you find something that isn't porn or crap). The really useful software (Netflix/Hulu, finance management, personal organizers) will have brands that don't want to be associated with porn code. As such, locking out porn won't make those developers feel restricted. It won't prevent new innovators, either. They code because they have ideas, not because they're looking for a place to submit stroke-the-wang touch apps.

There's remarkable ignorance when it comes to what actually attracts developers to a new market. Saying no to porn doesn't turn good developers away. But I'll tell you one thing: using SilverLight will ATTRACT a lot of developers. Solid coding tools attracts developers. A platform that makes it very easy to put their ideas to code attracts developers. And a lack of adult content puts no dent in that. If you still ignorantly believe it does, just look at console gaming.

NO! FREEDOM ATTRACTS DEVELOPERS! Look at Linux as an example. It's a completely free and open platform and in nearly twenty years it skyrocketed from 0% to 1% market-share on the desktop. Just look at all the big name developers jumping aboard. Big name developers like... ... ... ...?

Pornographic content on a smartphone? I never understood the fuzz as those images/videos are way to small to enjoy them.

There is a thing called the internet, that has everything, and you really don't need an 'app' for it...

The whole 'we need apps' thing is just getting insane, especially when people are expecting to have apps to replace what the internet already provides.

WP7 will have Silverlight and Flash browser support (if not at first), so you can go anywhere and see whatever smut you want without a freaking apps.

(If MS did allow 'porn' apps, parents would be freaking POed and it would be a major news story.)

huh. porn on the mobile phone. well let see ... make the phone vibrates, long, thin, lots of different sizes of ports and openings, and .... oh they do ???!!!??? well halle-freaking-lujah!

apps are so limited... just visit te website directly. i can play farmville on my current phone by visiting drectly. the facebook app doesn't allow such things. with the advancements in phones today, one can afford to wait about 10 seconds for website to load rather than use an app that is featureless. i say drop apps all together and go full browser just like your laptop. all above said websites work perfectly on my phone.

Windows made it easier for millions to access pr0n. That's the reality. Had it not been Windows that was the first to affordability for the mass market we would all still be loading it on a Mac or the XXX Hi-Res animations of the Apple II, OS/2 and DOS era. Google realized that making a restriction on content would make people rush to work around it. Since they didn't make a decree as to what you can and cannot view on the device you paid for people don't seem so bent on making a community based on working around specific content restrictions for their mobile OS. It'll be nice when big companies stop making that the rule because we all know as geeks it just makes people want to jailbreak their devices and find the workaround. There's no compelling need or real jailbreaking of an Android OS enabled device. Yes, Android has an active ROM hacking community and Google isn't publicly going after those guys either as they're probably learning from it. Much like the Google employee that helped Scroogle.org with their scraper that used the ie6 loving Google toolbar search box. Now Google offers ssl connections...just like scroogle tho it still tracks your searches. Point being is that Google (although labeled evil by many because it's a multi-billion dollar company) is by far sticking to it's original mission statement the best it can by not litigating every attack on their products but helping it and then, like Microsoft, see's what's good about it and incorporates it into their products. I'm not totally off base I don't think.

this is why i laugh at you iJunk users, and soon i'll laugh at you win phone users to... Google knows the interwebz, and they know its one of the quirks that helped it on its way.

if the same mentality works on a phone platform, is another question. but will have to wait and see.

but i think the mane problem is the fact that its the ONLY MARKET. not wanting it on their store is fare enough. (we don't complain at block busters for not having that content). but its the only store on both iPhone and windows Phone... at least on android we can add an app from another store. (the same that you would go to another video store that has the content you wish to buy).

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