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Google Glass Gets Porn App, Then Promptly Nixes It

June 4, 2013
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Enid Burns for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online

There is a certain danger with an open platform such as Google Glass. Whatever the eye can see becomes data. And thus it was likely only a matter of time before someone released a porn application for the platform, and it happened this week. Google was quick to shut the app down and add an update to its content policies page.

“We don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material,” the policy states. The content policies also cover bans on violence and bullying, hate speech, illegal activities and other acts that are generally socially (and legally) frowned upon.

Google’s quick action has been compared to practices of one of the company’s neighbors. “Google updated its developer policies for creating Google Glass apps (called Glassware) over the weekend to ban sexually explicit material, building an Apple-like walled garden for Google Glass,” wrote Dan Rowinski of ReadWriteWeb.

The action came swiftly after app maker and adult app store creator MiKandi released a porn app called “Tits and Glass.” The app was created to let people browse and vote on adult content. The app also encouraged users to shoot and upload their own videos using Glass.

It remains a strong possibility that the X-rated app will find its way onto Glass through unofficial channels. MiKandi runs an adult app store for Android devices. “Google bans adult content from the Google Play Android app store, but MiKandi apps can be side-loaded as third-party apps outside of Google’s purview,” Rowinski pointed out.

In its brief hours of availability, the app saw quite a few downloads. MiKandi reports on its blog that it garnered nearly 10,000 unique visitors, and “a dozen Glass users have already signed up with our app.”

MiKandi had to develop a workaround to make its apps available for Android devices and had been careful in addressing Glass´ terms of use.

“When we received our Glass and started developing our app two weeks ago, we went through the policy very carefully to make sure we were developing the app within the terms. We double checked again last week when making the site live on the internet and available for install for testing during last week’s announcement. We were not notified of any changes and still haven’t been notified by Google. We also double checked our emails to see if any notifications of policy changes were announced, but we haven’t found any such emails,” the MiKandi post read.

The app can still be run by users who downloaded it, though it has reached its API limits, which hinders updates and availability. MiKandi says they are working to comply with Google´s rules.

“Although the app is still live and people are using it, at this point we must make changes to the app in order to comply with the new policies,” Jesse Adams, CEO of MiKandi wrote on the blog post.

Porn is often the vehicle that pushes multimedia limits. MiKandi is following a path forged during the early days of VHS and then DVD. Still, the company hopes to push boundaries even further.

“Besides point-of-view content, we’re interested in Glass’ potential to facilitate two-way adult interaction. For example, between long-distance couples, cam models and fans or strangers.”


Source: Enid Burns for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online