Oh those Danes and their liberal tastes. Newspaper Ekstra Bladet has been just a bit naughty for the past 35 years. Every issue of the newspaper contains a photo of a topless girl on page 9. And this little ray of sunshine in gloomy daily routine was fine, until Ekstra Bladet decided to make an iPad app. For you see, from Apple’s censor’s point of view that pretty page 9 lady is an “offensive content” and needs to be removed. Or their app will never see the screen of iPad ever again.
Ekstra Bladet editor Poul Madsen says: “I think it’s madness. [Photo of the lady] is not pornographic or offensive in any way… Page 9-girl is a part of Ekstra Bladet soul”. So, Apple’s demands are either pure censorship or even worse, forces distortion of materials published on iPad. Neither one is acceptable and EB editor promised to go to the European Court to fight this “backdoor censorship”. Apparently Apple ignored all their questions about why do they claim that traditional photo is offensive, up until the words “lawsuit” and “court” were mentioned.
Some people (including School of Journalism’s rector Anne Marie Dohm) don’t see it as an attack on freedom of press, as this photo has nothing to do with actual news reporting. But Ekstra Bladet points out that Appstore has other applications for iPad that indeed do have naked ladies in them — German tabloid Bild as well as UK’s Sun do have exposed girls.
I’m not sure that exposing that will really count as “double standard” of Steve Jobs though, just that censorship is not very efficient at examining every single page. Though I’m okay with either Ekstra Bladet getting an OK to electronically print a topless beauty or Bild and Sun getting theirs ripped off too.
Frankly, Apple should add “may contain adult content” tag to the Apps and be done with it. This “let’s clean our application store from naked skin” crusade is getting tiresome.