2013 Dirty Dozen: Google Play
Google has essentially no restrictions on the types of apps allowed in their app store, Google Play. Pornographic apps are in every category and in many of the categories there are countless porn apps available. Whether you are looking for these apps or not, you’ll be forced to search among them unless you turn on a filter; if you are a parent, your children will have to too. This is in stark contrast to Apple’s policy. Apple’s app store has strict restrictions and does not allow pornographic applications. We applaud Apple for its strong sense of corporate and civic responsibility.
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Federal obscenity laws, which the U.S. Department of Justice refuses to currently enforce, prohibit distribution of hardcore, obscene pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite or hotel/motel TV and in sexually oriented businesses and other retail shops. (Learn more)
- 18 U.S.C. 1462 Importation or use of a common carrier to transport obscene matter
- 18 U.S.C. 1465 Interstate transportation of obscene matter
Sections 1462 and 1465 cited above also prohibit distribution of obscenity on the Internet.