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  • Apple Censoring the Word "Jailbreak" in U.S. iTunes Store

    Apple has started censoring the word “jailbreak” in the US iTunes Store. Seriously, go search for any song or album with “jailbreak” in the title and it will come up “j*******k.”

    Notable iOS hacker @planetbeing made the jailbreak censoring observation last night. However, Apple appears to be only censoring the use of the word jailbreak in the US iTunes store. Additionally, not every instance is censored. Thin Lizzy’s classic record Jailbreak has its title censored for the new deluxe edition, but the album’s description contains the word “Jailbreak” uncensored. Also, older versions of the record aren’t censored in any way.

    Other notable/hilarious examples of censorship include an episode of The Roy Rogers show and an episode of the Real World. For those not familiar with The Roy Rogers show, it was a harmless western themed comedy. Definitely worthy of Apple’s censorship.

    Apple’s aversion to the jailbreaking community is well documented. The constant push and pull between the hacking community and Apple is as rewarding for jailbreakers as it is enthralling. But, censoring a harmless word regardless of its context is ludicrous. Censoring the word jailbreak even in the context of “hacking” is reprehensible.

    I guess this means the iOS Hackers Handbook won’t be available in iBooks anytime soon.

    Source: @planetbeing [via MacRumors]
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Censoring the Word "Jailbreak" in U.S. iTunes Store started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Amraam's Avatar
      Amraam -
      Sucks to be Thin Lizzy.
    1. iM1sf1t's Avatar
      iM1sf1t -
      iOS hackers handbook is still in iBooks... No references to jailbreaking have been censored in the description.
    1. Darkflame's Avatar
      Darkflame -
      Quote Originally Posted by AUZambo View Post
      That wreaks of paranoia.
      * **** ******* ***** ****** ** ******* *****! Censor that apple!
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      I admit it - I let my enthusiasm for Apple and it's products get the best of me and sometimes make purchasing decisions just because I like the company so much.

      That said, I just lost a serious amount of respect for Apple. Why? Because this is a senseless invasion of fundamental rights without just cause, or even a justifiable argument.
    1. Kenn@rd.'s Avatar
      Kenn@rd. -
      Quote Originally Posted by regkilla View Post
      new curse word: J*******K
      No, new word#2: j*******k you.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Will ModMyI moderators change my profile "What's a Jailbreak" to "What's a J*******k" ? Hahaha
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      Will ModMyI moderators change my profile "What's a Jailbreak" to "What's a J*******k" ? Hahaha
      Careful what you ask for..................
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      What's an iPhone without a Jailbreak? I don't wanna know...
    1. Bo Troxell's Avatar
      Bo Troxell -
      Pretty much why we are all here.

      This trick from Mother Apple teeters on ridiculousness for sure.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Careful what you ask for..................
      I knew that would catch a moderators eye real quick... I would actually like that better than the "What's a Jailbreak" on my profile... I can't handle a stock iPhone... I love the jailbreak movement...
    1. sunhillcopper's Avatar
      sunhillcopper -
      With all their technology you would think apple would be smarter in how they apply censoring.
      (I should ask siri "Is jailbreaking a word that should be censored")

      Some good, a bit of publicity for Thin Lizzy, one of my fav bands!
    1. Co1d Night's Avatar
      Co1d Night -
      I think there is more to this than what is being let on....