Jobs’ Mobs moves to create an App store which is so tame that a fundamentalist Christian can feel safe is being considered too risqué for the censorship-mad Australian government.
In the interests of protecting those delicate, refined, cultured Australian souls, the Aussie government wants Apple to adopt the Australian government’s bizarre censorship system.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Australians will soon be able to complain about mobile game apps they take offence to and get them removed from app stores.
Aussie Censors will be able to refuse games classifications and if mobile game apps are classified anything above MA15+ will refused classification.
Of course the Aussie censors are nothing to worry about. They are just a perfectly ordinary collection of nuns, born-again Christians, and retired colonels, who have to hold their meetings in cold baths with dark glasses on, in case they see anything distasteful.
The Aussies want game app distributors including Apple and Google to show ratings (e.g. MA15+) next to some game apps and will prosecute those who distribute ones that have been banned due to extreme content or being above the MA15+ rating.
Home Affairs Minister Brendan O’Connor said he had already received some complaints about game apps which is a little surprising as iTunes is a walled garden where nothing short of an iFart can be heard.
Colin Jacobs, spokesman for the online users’ lobby group Electronic Frontiers Australia, said it was “hard to see a big public benefit in censoring mobile games hosted overseas”.
He thinks that the government plans were another example of how the classification scheme, designed decades ago for movies and books, is struggling to find a place in the modern digital world.
But it seems that the idea has the backing of the Australian Christian Lobby who seem to think that Jesus would censor everything that moved. If he comes back would bring about a new reign of peace based on a Saudi Arabia style censorship policy. Which is odd, because we thought Steve Jobs already did that with iTunes.