Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Feb 2013 21:31 UTC
Apple Well paint me red and call me a girl scout. "In its latest push to get porn off your computer, Apple now deletes all iCloud emails that contain the phrase 'barely legal teens'. It doesn't send the messages to spam, or flag them, it just straight up deletes them, and there's nothing you can do about it." So, at least we can finally put that silly myth to rest that Apple respects users' privacy. They scan your emails, including attachments, just like everyone else.
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by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 27th Feb 2013 20:00 UTC
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

It looks like Apple's ministry of truth has been busy lately. They also recently blocked access to TheBestPageInTheUniverse.net from Apple Store internet connections:

http://thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=apple_store_ban
http://youtu.be/pZ7RwGRLwK0

But it isn't run-of-the-mill blocking of a website - if nothing else, Apple is in-arguably an innovator in the field of dickery. Instead of just showing a "this site has been blocked" message, Apple redirects the domain to a page on Apple site advertising the Macbook "pro" (in other words, DNS hijacking) - and they display 404 errors if you try to load specific pages on TheBestPageInTheUniverse site, giving the misleading impression that the problem is on their end and not Apple's.

And the reason the site has been blocked? Apparently Apple's feelings were hurt by some obvious comedy articles like this:

http://www.thebestpageintheuniverse.net/c.cgi?u=iphone

So, for those keeping score: a site that contains articles saying mean things about Apple is not acceptable, but hardcore porn sites & the homepage of the KKK (which aren't blocked) are apparently A-OK to Apple.

The best response I can think of? Find the nearest Apple store, and load the Archive.org copy of the iPhone article on every Mac/iProduct demo unit.

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jido Member since:
2006-03-06

Doh, so Apple Stores have web filters in place.

Can you prove me that the site above has no adult content that I would not want my children to see?
It loads fine on non-Apple Store networks, so I don't see what is the big fuss about.

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BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

Doh, so Apple Stores have web filters in place.


No, filtering would be the honest, above-board way of doing things. Instead, Apple invisibly redirects the domain name - in other words, they're using the same approach as DNS-hijacking malware.

Can you prove me that the site above has no adult content that I would not want my children to see?


Your children spend a lot of time using the internet connection in Apple stores, do they? Personally, I'd expect you to be more concerned with some of the other sites that aren't blocked than the website of a humorist who uses some naughty words... but maybe that's just me.

It loads fine on non-Apple Store networks, so I don't see what is the big fuss about.


For now... that is, until Apple's pervasive "we know what's best for you" arrogance emboldens them to the point where they start modifying DNS settings on iOS devices, to block sites Apple objects to. That would be no less-defensible than how Apple manages the appstore - it's Apple's sandbox after all, so they make the rules, right?

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