Apple Bans 2ch for “Hate Speech & Porn”

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Apple has banned all 2ch-related Apps from its app store for offering too-ready access to porn and hurtful remarks.

Their decision was reported by the developers of a 2ch.net browser app, one of several listed, who suddenly found their product banned.

They report that Apple withdrew permission for their app to be listed as “it is our policy not approve apps which facilitate access to pornographic images or violent expressions.”

Even Apple had to address why it would permit Internet browsers or Twitter apps to offer access to such content whilst banning 2ch-browsers – it says the difference is down to “the frequency and ease of access to” porn and slander on 2ch.

Apple also states that it will be getting rid of any other apps which facilitate access to the site, leaving users with no option but to use a browser or give up on their unhealthy non-Apple approved content altogether.

Apple’s decision means that such apps will no longer be listed on its marketplace, and that no further updates will be possible for them, although (for now at least) it will not be remotely disabling existing installations.

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2ch’s atrocious design and purely text-based interface have long supported a large ecosystem of popular 2ch-browsers, plugins and external archive sites, so forcing users to rely on a traditional browser for their 2ch-browsing needs is likely to prove a major inconvenience.

The majority of boards on 2ch itself are concerned with uncontroversial content, but anonymous participation, nearly non-existent moderation throughout and the presence of some highly controversial boards have ensured it has maintained its “underground” image despite its massive popularity in Japan.

There has not surprisingly been a great deal of criticism of the decision on 2ch itself – most of whom now seem resigned to either using their existing apps without updates for as long as possible, or else switching to Android.

Why Apple would block 2ch whilst allowing the likes of Pixiv, DMM and others has also been the subject of some speculation – reasons other than Apple’s hatred of porn and free speech are thought likely to be at play.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:14 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.9)

    That's what you get for purchasing devices you are not allowed to actually own. Apple thanks you for being loyal cattle, fanboys.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 02/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    its just like i'm not allowed to drive my car off road because the manufacturer thinks it might get it dirty...

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    Comment by Dia
    16:45 02/03/2013 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    You can't even do that in a driving game because they don't want their car looking bad!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:27 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hot Pursuit 2010 says hello.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:44 05/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    forza horizon muthafucka. hot pursuit can eat an unbalanced dick

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:57 23/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Test Drive Unlimited.
    Nuff said.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:50 02/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Instead of driving your car off the road, you should drive it off a ledge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:11 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Senses an apple collapse is brewing even as we speak
    Jobs died with it so did the company
    Maybe not suddenly but gradually like it did last time :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:14 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    oh, shut it, peon. Enjoy your gutter.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Well stuff like this is no surprise, companies do assholery stuff like this all the time.
    one good example is the WWE
    On the WWE video Games they have now banned
    all female characters from doing matches with or against Male characters. They refer to this as the
    "Gender Restrictions" the reason for these Restrictions is because it apparently (according to WWE itself) promotes as well as leads to sharp increases in Domestic Violence.
    and yet on their TV programing such as Raw and Smackdown as well as their PPVs they freely have match ups showing Women Vs. Men and even have Female participants in events such as the Royal Rumble. So yes hypocrites indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow you actually made me google to see if that was true.
    Wht a retarded thing to do and it really is the WWE and not the game companies pushing it.
    I guess they don't want the respectable sport of soap opera men in thighs grabbing each other to get any negative attention from being associated with those evil dirty videogames that make people violent and let people "simulte" murder.
    Though it's not like if it matters. WWE got old in the 90's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 04/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    WWE got old AND lame in the 90's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:54 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The WWE has had only a few special Women vs. Men matches, typically only a woman on-par with the physical strength of the male wrestlers, like Chyna or Beth Phoenix. Same with the Royal Rumble, the only women to compete in it were Chyna, Beth Phoenix and Kharma, all very strong, powerfully built women.

    There are some mixed-gender tag-team matches, but those require that if a woman tags in, a woman on the other team is automatically tagged in. So no, it's not assholery and they're not hypocrites.

    The image of men hitting women, even for fictional entertainment like pro wrestling, is disturbing to a lot of people. One would wonder why you're so eager to beat up women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Fucking hypocrites, they better put their money where their mouth is and ban reddit apps next.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:02 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    The 4chan browsing app had already been banned before after some jok reviews stating it was fun for kids and angry mom letters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:46 04/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    4chan app got banned on the old Android marketplace a long time ago...so Google is a bit of a goodie too shoes themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I never use 2ch, but can't they just use the browsers like many out there or do they deny access?

    btw, 2ch is massively popular, if Apple keeps this up, their world market share might slip even more rapidly.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:33 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    "can't they just use the browsers"

    They can. It even was in the article.

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    Comment by Artist Rising
    11:56 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Damn it!!! They fucked up big time. Just watch 2chan retaliate with extreme verbal force!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:35 04/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    More like a huge diarrhea attack, combined with extensive vomiting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:57 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What does the rage of thousands of angry 2chaners sound like? I'm guessing some sort of fizzling fart noise?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:56 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    2ch's web interface is an eyesore in the literal sense; all the topics and threads are clumped together in hyperlinks divided by nothing but one space.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Doesn't matter, reddit has a usable interface.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You've never used "Alienblue" have you? I can't imagine browsing reddit without it anymore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:19 02/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Why? Both accounts are true. Not to mention 2chan is composed of entirely retards, while shining examples of human decency such as Reddit are not... quite there.

    And Apple crapware serves a vital function - so that we can tell the meatware apart from intelligent people at a glance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:40 02/03/2013 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I believe 2ch is thought to have around 20~30 million unique users (can't be bothered to check that now, it was definitely in that order of magnitude). You certainly can't lump them all together. I'd say reddit and 2ch are about equally bad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:35 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    OK, first of all 2ch and 2chan are two different sites. Also, whatever trolling posts are selected and translated on sites like this one are not a representative sample of all posts there. Go take a look at those boards for a while before commenting on how everyone there is a retard.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:40 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    @09:59
    It's internet as a whole, not just some sites.

    Comment by Anonymous

    2chan turns normal ppl irl into retards online. Yes, they're all retards... when they're on 2chan.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They are japs. Being narrow-eyed bitches is their lot in life. What else did you expect?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Well, Reddit staff have had their willing complicity in hosting child porn and hate speech already made public via leaked chatlogs. I don't believe Hiroyuki or other 2ch staff had that happen to them yet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:54 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @07:42 Really? Even though half of Japan is using it? I guess Japan is tsundere for itself then.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:42 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even Japanese people consider 2ch to be nothing more than graffiti on the toilet wall.

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    Comment by TFish
    07:41 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Are you saying you can't just as easily find porn, and racism on reddit? There's probably more subreddits dedicated to niche fetishes than there are to anything else.

    One of the most popular boards is a place for users to post naked pictures of themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:01 03/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, thank you 12:37. :c

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    O man do get me started om some of the weird subreddits I've seen. Worst one I've ever been to was one about penis mutilation. Shit was just sick man. How the hell do you live your life after you've grinned your dick into paste in a meat grater.

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    Comment by ALAKTORN
    07:54 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.4)

    2chan and 2ch are different things. lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:05 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    2chan is spinoff of 2ch, as 2chan.us are spinoff of 2chan.net. 2chan.net admin said it himself that they were "inspired" by 2ch. More importantly, 2ch users refer to themselves as 2ch and 2chan interchangeably, meaning 2ch, of course, not the number of spinoffs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 02/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    STFU SHIT HEAD! YOU KNOW FUCK ALL OBVIOUSLY SHIT HEAD!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:34 02/03/2013 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    OH LOOK THE BUTTHURT LOSERS DOWN VOTED ME! I GUESS THEY SO BUTTHURT AFTER ALL BOO HOO HOO!

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    Comment by starsplash
    14:04 04/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You got downvoted because you are retarded.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:08 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.7)

    These 2ch guys were idiots for making apps for shitty apple products anyway. They should have picked the better OS which is android.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:04 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Android isn't really the better OS as far as technology is concerned (Java? Really?). But at least it's free and open and uncensored and has all the basic Unix goodies to play around with in a terminal readily available.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:27 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You do know that Apple's OS is just a heavily modified, proprietary version of Unix right? So really there isn't much difference on the "better" scale.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:52 02/03/2013 # ! Good (+0.8)

    I am very aware of that. And it would be all nice and dandy if iOS wouldn't go to great pains to hide that from you.

    What use is a Unix if you can't use a terminal in any meaningful manner because you simply don't have the privileges to do so unless you jailbreak? Basic binutils and a terminal is available to the Android user from the get go. That's why i wrote readily available.

    Comment by Anonymous

    no, you're not aware of that

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:23 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean the superior Apple technology designed to force feed you additional superior priced Apple technology?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:13 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    10:49 No you can't. If you want to write an app usable from within the familiar Android launcher environment (as opposed to a program in general), you at least have to provide a Java front-end. The Android platform dictates it.

    And regarding Java, everything is wrong with it. Everything. There is no real other way to answer this question.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:50 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Do you even know what technology means? It's certainly not Objective-C's fault that Apple is using it. But it's sure as hell a much better platform language than Java. Ughh.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Object C in Apple's Sandbox is actually much worse to deal with than Java's limitations.

    But even if you personally dislike Java, it is a senseless discussion. The App development language is hardly something relevant to compare OS capabilities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    What is wrong with Java? Seems like a good choice to me. Besides you can use the NDK and program in some other language if, for some reason, you need that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Free and open? What world do you live in? Android isn't free, companies selling Android devices have to pay a licence fee to Microsoft. It isn't guaranteed to be open, either. Most of it is licensed under ASL rather than GPL, so Google don't actually have to release the source code. So far they have done that some months after the product release, but who knows what might happen in the future?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 02/03/2013 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No, it is free because the ASL guarantees freedom. And it's open in all but name, for all intends and purposes. Cyanogen Mod isn't going away even if Google inexplicably decides to close the AOSP. What little innovations Google makes to the kernel is re-implementable easy enough. Heck you could go ahead, fork a suitable Linux version and have a working Jelly Bean kernel in well under a month.






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