Originally Posted by rtm135
Since parental controls prohibit minors from accessing inappropriate content, explain to me again WHY the app store needs to be policed? I mean, besides to calm down the uptight bible-bashing repubs?
Easy! To make sure the app content conforms to the parental-controls rating.
Seriously-- one could be very comfortable with portraying sex and the human body to their children, but abhorrent to violence.
If they go to any
store and buy content with a rating, they have every right to expect:
1) that the content conforms to accepted rating standards
2) that the rating is correct for a given content.
The above, is pretty easy for stick & stucco stores as they have a hard copy with the industry rating printed on the label (unless someone slips "Debbie Does Dallas" into a "Toy Story 3" case).
For electronic distribution, movies and TV shows [usually] have the industry ratings.
But, individual apps are rated by their developers and this rating needs to be policed or Apple exposes itself [sic] to all sorts of undesirable activities (lawsuits, blacklisting, boycotts, negative PR).
All that said, it is kind of funny that you can access almost any kind of content through YouTube.
I have a 10-year-old grandson who talks constantly, and loudly says (and later repeats) whatever comes into his mind (before his brain has processed it).
I would not want to be around when he tells the world of his impression of the latest Eisenbeck Beer commercial he saw on YT.
... I suppose this is more protecting society from my grandson, than vice versa!