India may ban Android over adult content

India may ban Android over adult content
With instances of frisky content allegedly available for free via Android applications in India, the country's Telecom Minister, Kapil Sibal, has reached out to the media for suggestions on how to deal with the issue:

“I want you people to suggest how can we close it. If we want to close it, you will attack us. I want all the media to come together and tell the minister how to deal with it so that if I do something about it, you don’t attack me” 

This comes after the Indian government recently came under fire for censoring certain websites for their adult content. With porn already endangered, it does appear that an extreme measure such as an eventual ban on Android is not out of the question, or so it seems.

Groundless? Google seems to agree. According to Indian iGyaan, a spokesperson for Mountain View stated that its policies do not allow any content that contains nudity or any sexually explicit material on its Play Store:

“Google Play developer programme policy does not allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography; […] Similarly for Android, we offer content filtering. Google Play requires developers to label their applications according to the Google Play ratings system, which consists of four levels"

If that is indeed true, then the culprit has got to be third-party app stores that are known to host content indiscriminately of its nature – an issue, however, hardly warranting the ban of the world's most popular mobile OS in the third biggest smartphone market.

Source: iGyaan

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54 Comments

1. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

GOOD NEWS.... HAHA.. made my day...;)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You posted a comment a minute after the article was published. Clearly you didn't read the article.

5. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

It was a really, really small article.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I clicked on the article when it said posted a minute ago, and a comment was already here lol. Don't defend SingDaFire.

12. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

@PapaSmurf I think he was just being sarcastic.

14. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

I'm not defending his opinion, but I read the article in about 40 seconds and english isn't my first language and with the thoughtless comment it is, it's posiible he might have read it and then quickly commented to be the first one.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Perfect for his really, really small intellect.

9. iushnt

Posts: 3040; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

i agree..he commented reading the headlines

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

You sir, are an idiot!

7. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Afraid of boobies, are you?

10. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

@SingDaFire - What a troll/fanboy you are...

18. Mittal

Posts: 494; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

lol.. if i want porn and dont find good enough Apps, then ill open my browser... what has the store gotta do with it ?! Ya will be different story if they ban porn sites altogether.. (fingers crossed ) :P

4. cse.vicky unregistered

I think Nokia will be back !!

32. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

If you don't know, windows market place does not have any app with adult content.

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't think they'll ban Android from India. Android has the most market share over there, followed by BB and iOS. And idk about Google saying there's no porn apps, I've seen a few (search results) that have maybe slipped in and seem really sketchy. But doesn't iOS also have porn apps too?

15. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

iOS doesn't have porn apps. Not a single one.

11. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

My friends of Indian decent, please don't take offense to this question but... Isnt India the birthplace of porn (The Kama Sutra)? Okay, maybe not the birthplace but you know what i mean. And I mean no disrespect with my question, it just seems ironic that the place where the best sex manual came from is banning porn.

17. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Haha.. lol. A sex book doesn't mean porn. Over the years, we humans have made paintings, books, videos about sex and while kamasutra might be the most popular and oldest book about sex, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with porn. The point here is that if the play store itself has the porn apps, then even kids using mobiles will be able to download them. Sure, you can always visit porn sites for that, but that's not really in Google's hands. If Google Play policies say there must be no porn apps, then Google really has to do its part and what it can to stop it.

40. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

*Sigh*. I know it's not porn. And the point here is banning Android, in this sense, is like banning Blu-Ray players just because you cab get porn on it. You're just looking for another opportunity to take a jab at the platform. If this is true, it's beaning done by people who don't understand the technology in the first place, so banning Android will do nothing to stop people from seeing and view porn. Nice try, but that was a fail. Also, the Play store doesn't have porn apps. It has a bunch of girls posing, that's about it.

20. Zeus.k unregistered

Lol. I'm from India and you have a valid question actually. Elections are near so it's all political. As far as banning Android is concerned, well that's never gonna happen. India is a democracy and I don't think 130 billion people would agree to that. Btw title of the article is really exaggerated.

42. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Thank you for for the education sir. +10

46. iyngr

Posts: 72; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

130 Billion People Really?? Correct your Facts. 130 Crore or 1.3 Billion.

53. Suraj3337

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

How dumb! There are about 6 billion people on the earth!

33. mobi_user

Posts: 152; Member since: Jun 18, 2013

Mr.Whatever, I do not know which country you belong from. But use your time to research out the reasons for the book. There is history associated with everything.

39. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Com'on, I know the reasons for the book, I know it isn't porn. Lighten up, I was just saying it seem ironic. I meant no offense at all.

47. deburocks

Posts: 126; Member since: Apr 20, 2013

hmmm..... Dude porn is little different frm kamasutra. . Kmasutra means enjoyinn sexual arousal and climax vid both party benefiting. , whereas u know whats in porno.... Hheheheh

13. Saintmarino

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 02, 2012

Blocking the sites/third party sources is the best that they can do, banning the complete platform just for this one reason will be naive. Following the same reasoning internet should be banned as well, where users can always search for pornographic images and videos.

16. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Kapil Sibal, the minister in question is a good for nothing person. His party members were caught watching porn in the parliament leading to national shame. He's a hypocrite and the media is right to attack him. He and his party should start working to curb poverty and develop good infrastructure in the country. Old idiots

21. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

Moreover, he looks like Peter Pettigrew from Harry Potter. http://d3j5vwomefv46c.cloudfront.net/photos/large/425383142.jpg?1318772890

19. geetam

Posts: 18; Member since: May 15, 2013

Inida ?? on 1st sentence.... go home Chris P., u r drunk :P

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