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Apple on Thursday began censoring the world "jailbreak" among content in the iTunes Store, including the song "Jailbreak" by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy, though the issue was quickly addressed.

Users began noticing on Thursday that some uses of the word "jailbreak" have been censored among iTunes Store content. Strangely, however, some instances of the word remained readable.

For example, the album "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy, and the album's titular track both remained visible on iTunes. However, other instances of the song "Jailbreak" on compilation albums and soundtracks were been censored to read "J*******k."

Update: As of Thursday afternoon, the issue was addressed, and content on the iTunes Store once again displays the word "jailbreak" without censoring it. The change applies to music and applications.

Earlier, the word was also censored from other artists, such as a song with the same title from the band Gossip on their album "That's Not What I heard," and Sonic Syndicate's song from the album "Eden Fire."

Outside of the song by Thin Lizzy, or AC/DC's own "Jailbreak" song found on its third album (and not available on the iTunes Store), jailbreaking refers to the process of hacking iOS to allowed users to install custom software and tweaks without Apple's permission. Performing a jailbreak on an iPhone, iPad or iPad touch voids Apple's warranty for the devices.

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Through jailbreaking, hackers have created their own custom applications which are available from an alternative storefront known as Cydia, similar to Apple's official App Store for iOS. There are many free and paid applications available on Cydia that allow users to install custom tweaks, user interface themes and various other software that does not comply with Apple's iOS developer agreement.

Jailbreaking itself is not illegal, however, the process can be used to pirate software from the App Store, which is against the law. Concern over piracy is one of the main reasons Apple has fought the practice of jailbreaking.

In addition to music content, Apple's censoring of the word "jailbreak" also extends to officially approved software for iOS devices. For example, a two-dimensional platform shooter game in which players must escape from a prison is now listed in iTunes as "J*******k."
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All I can say is WTF?!?!?

 

Update:  WTF USA, looks like its only censored/obscured in the US iTunes store.  Its fine in the UK.iTunes.png


Edited by irnchriz - 5/17/12 at 8:12am
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All I can say is WTF?!?!?

 

Or unintended consequences...  I wonder if Mr. Lizzy (⸮) has a case to sue.  I mean, everyone else is.

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Probably a bug. They wanted to censor "jailbreak" from apps, but ended up censoring it everywhere.

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Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.
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Congratulations, Apple, on your dick move. 

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Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.

 

Correct. Ish. the whole 1st Amendment is only against governments, but businesses can however censor. And perhaps Apple has. Or a computer program accidentally blanked those instances which are already disappearing as some store rep is going through the instance log and correcting the bad items. Which is why when I just ran said search the Thin Lizzy album pages were fine. 

 

That said, hyperbolic headlines etc are the meat of blog posting so I'm not shocked that every freaking site is posting the same info without really stopping to think about what was or might be going on. 

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Congratulations, Apple, on your dick move. 

 

Bet you're not going to buy any Apple products anymore, are you? :wink:

 

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Probably a bug. They wanted to censor "jailbreak" from apps, but ended up censoring it everywhere.


This sounds like the most logical explanation.

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Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.

That is an incredibly stupid statement.  This is nothing BUT censorship.  Whether it's a business decision has nothing to do with whether this falls into the category of censorship, which it does.

 

This is equivalent to a child thinking he's invisible when his eyes are covered.  Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't happening.  You're better than this Apple!

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Originally Posted by clintbradford View Post

Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.

Incorrect. 'Censor' has multiple meanings. Try dictionary.com and look up 'censor'. The first definition fits your statement because it applies to 'an official'. However, the second and later definitions can apply to anyone - so businesses can censor.


This is a bizarre situation. I can't imagine why Apple would eliminate 'jailbreak' at all, and especially from songs which have nothing to do with iOS.
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That is an incredibly stupid statement.  This is nothing BUT censorship.  Whether it's a business decision has nothing to do with whether this falls into the category of censorship, which it does.

This is equivalent to a child thinking he's invisible when his eyes are covered.  Just because you can't see it doesn't mean it isn't happening.  You're better than this Apple!

My bet, like others here, is is was an error and will be fixed by the time those freaking out are still unknotting their knickers. I am sure Apple had no intention of blocking the term in song titles etc. if anyone truly thinks that then I have a bridge to sell them.

Update: Nice to proven right so quickly.
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Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.

Actually that is not correct.

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons 

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Apple has begun censoring the world "jailbreak" among content in the iTunes Store...

 

A perfectly reasonable and understandable thing to do IMO.  

 

And as always, Apple Insider must be reminded yet again that jail breaking is *not* in fact "legal," but merely legal if one's *intent* is similarly so.  It's not really that fine a distinction and it makes a huge difference.  In fact it reveals the majority of jailbreaks and jail-breakers are technically, criminals (based on surveys of the actual reasons people say they jailbreak and the high percentages of stolen apps and services). Instead of lamely repeating the blanket assurance that they are all just like the rest of us and implying that the practice is perfectly okay, you could do the developers and the investors in the iOS economy the favour of reporting the truth.  

 

Promotion of jail breaking also does a dis-service to the average user who after being tempted into jail breaking, more often than not finds that it has ruined their iOS device and experience and is neither as easy nor as straightforward as they expected. Not to mention those who's security is compromised by the very criminal elements associated with jailbreak sites and who are promoting the use of jailbreaks.  Not everyone is a technical genius, and encouraging the average person to go looking for a jailbreak is tantamount to telling a ten year old that smoking is cool and that they are pretty easy to get down at the local corner store.  

 

I'm not saying it should be censored, (nothing should be censored), but when you talk about it, it's the reporters responsibility to mention the facts, the positive and the negative and to not misrepresent the truth. I'm not sure why this is endlessly, repeatedly, falsely, reported other than the fact that it isn't "cool" to be against jailbreaking.  

 

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Actually that is not correct.

Censorship is the suppression of speech or other public communication which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient as determined by a government, media outlet, or other controlling body. It can be done by governments and private organizations or by individuals who engage in self-censorship. It occurs in a variety of different contexts including speech, books, music, films and other arts, the press, radio, television, and the Internet for a variety of reasons 

 

Here, Apple is abusing their monopoly power in online music by censoring valid, non-offensive song track titles!  Down with Apple!  Sue!

 

(We kid because we love.  Honestly, this is most interesting from a programming standpoint -- obviously they have a system-wide method for removing a list of key objectionable words, and now jailbreak is up there with ****, ****, *************, etc lol.gif)

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My hope is that this is a proactive move to reduce the size of the jailbreak community prior to the release of Gatekeeper for iOS.

 

I see a large amount of media (apps, podcasts, songs) which have been censored and a small amount which has not been censored.  The word "jailbreak" is even censored in app descriptions.  Interesting.

 

I think it will be interesting to see how the jailbreaking community reacts.  Start referring to jailbreaking as prison breaking?


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All I can say is WTF?!?!?

 

Update:  WTF USA, looks like its only censored/obscured in the US iTunes store.  Its fine in the UK.

 

Perhaps Apple wants to lead the way in the use of proper English, in which case the correct term is "Gaol break".

 

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I went on iTunes (US Store) to confirm this 'story' and found no such evidence; anything with the word jailbreak shows up just fine including the ones that were cited in the article. Maybe Apple fixed it already or perhaps the link bait potential of this 'story' was too good to pass up.
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Kind of a bonehead move, but then, this forum's software censors one competing site's URL. It's pretty absurd. I assume this is a mistake, but this is needlessly haphazard. Jail Break isn't censored, and I've found a few songs and an album called Jailbreak that aren't censored while most others are, including two TV episodes with censored titles. Podcasts are treated the same way, but it's a little more plausible, but it's still pretty contrived to do this.

And Apple's store seems to still be offering an app that claims to jail break iOS devices, but the app I checked appears to be useless.
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Really dumb.  Anyone who knows how to jailbreak and/or seriously wants to isn't going to think "I know, I'll do a search on iTunes for 'jailbreak'."

 

Meanwhile, censoring in general just makes Apple look bad - provides more evidence for the negatives who say Apple's forgetting it's core values and turning into another 500 pound gorilla.  And implementing it in such a ham-handed fashion that catches song titles and other 'innocent' uses doubles the idiocy.

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I went on iTunes (US Store) to confirm this 'story' and found no such evidence; anything with the word jailbreak shows up just fine including the ones that were cited in the article. Maybe Apple fixed it already or perhaps the link bait potential of this 'story' was too good to pass up.

Just type Jailbreak in the iTunes search box on the US iTunes store and you will see the following:

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I'm glad they did this. Apple is taking steps to protect their consumers from the underground community. Like others, I also don't believe this is real censorship.

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I went on iTunes (US Store) to confirm this 'story' and found no such evidence; anything with the word jailbreak shows up just fine including the ones that were cited in the article. Maybe Apple fixed it already or perhaps the link bait potential of this 'story' was too good to pass up.

Interesting. I just tried it too. It showed up as censored. In addition, it was also censored in the list of suggested search values. Here's what I see in that list:

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Oddly, this is very stupid censorship. It prevents the user from reading the word, but not searching for it and finding matches. It's also just a single, narrowly defined word. ("Jailbreak", not "jail break" or "jailbreaker", etc.) Given how it's actually working, what's the point of doing it?
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Apple has begun censoring the world "jailbreak" among content in the iTunes Store, including the song "Jailbreak" by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy.
Users began noticing on Thursday that some uses of the word "jailbreak" have been censored among iTunes Store content…
Jailbreak

 

On (US) site now. Not seeing what is being reported above.

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Why is it always either/or with Americans? There is more than just black and white or good and evil.

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Apple hasn't "censored" anything. In the US, only congress is prohibited from censoring content. What Apple has done is make a business decision. Don't like it? Then we can choose not to shop there any longer. But please do not use the inaccurate, emotional, "They're CENSORING us!" - it is in no manner a form of censorship.

 

Why is it always either/or with Americans? There is more than just black and white or good and evil.

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I don't understand the point of blocking the word jailbreak even from the app store. Apple has to approve all apps, so you can be sure that there aren't any apps in the App Store that facilitate jail breaking, so what's the point of blocking the use of the word?

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Just type Jailbreak in the iTunes search box on the US iTunes store and you will see the following:
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It's working fine for me now (the word is spelled out in full). Sounds like a glitch that has been fixed.
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Funny stuff.

 

This kind of moves only promote people to talk about jailbreaking more, hence making more people aware of jailbreaking and hence more people would jailbreak.

 

Putting censorship aside, this is an incredibly stupid business decision.

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Why is it always either/or with Americans? There is more than just black and white or good and evil.

 

 

Your accusation that Americans are all black and white thinkers is also a logical fallacy and no less ignorant; talk about hasty and hyperbolic generalizations.

 

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I don't understand the point of blocking the word jailbreak even from the app store. Apple has to approve all apps, so you can be sure that there aren't any apps in the App Store that facilitate jail breaking, so what's the point of blocking the use of the word?

 

I once asked my wife why she got so upset if I, or someone else, mentioned my previous girlfriend's name or anything associated with her/it.

 

Her response, "It hurts me to hear it."

 

My retort, "Gottit". And banned it myself.

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Why is it always either/or with Americans? There is more than just black and white or good and evil.

 

 

Pretty broad brush even if I take your comment as restricted to the US.  Are you including all Americans?  Canada, Mexico, Brazil, US, Chile, Columbia, etc?

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All your foaming-at-the-mouth outrage was a good use of time guys. The second I read this I knew it was a glitch, and not something Apple would do in 2012. Chill the **** out people. 

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It's working fine for me now (the word is spelled out in full). Sounds like a glitch that has been fixed.

Weird. I just tried it again. When I typed the full word "jailbreak" in the search box, the full word was displayed without censoring, but the search results still demonstrated censoring. I wonder if it depends on exactly which server you're getting data from.
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"I'm not saying it should be censored, (nothing should be censored), but when you talk about it, it's the reporters responsibility to mention the facts"
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Could of been a glitch, could of been a very quiet rollback of a hasty decision and someone thought better of it. Either way it seems to be in flux throughout the system and not yet entirely sorted out. 

 

Either way, if just a glitch, it was at least a thought out "glitch" that may of just not been ready to go out into the wild. 

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You can expect anything from the obese apple corporate monster these days. When you censor something like this with j******k you attract even more attention to it, sheer idiocy. At least they 've not censored paranoid android yet, that's something.

 

Anyway why would apple have an issue with jailbreaking? It's their beta testing community and the ideas they don't allow they later come to steal (volume buttons for camera) giving the jailbreakers no credit.

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You can expect anything from the obese apple corporate monster these days. When you censor something like this with j******k you attract even more attention to it, sheer idiocy. At least they 've not censored paranoid android yet, that's something. Anyway why would apple have an issue with jailbreaking? It's their beta testing community and the ideas they don't allow they later come to steal (volume buttons for camera) giving the jailbreakers no credit.

 

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You can expect anything from the obese apple corporate monster these days. When you censor something like this with j******k you attract even more attention to it, sheer idiocy. At least they 've not censored paranoid android yet, that's something.

Anyway why would apple have an issue with jailbreaking? It's their beta testing community and the ideas they don't allow they later come to steal (volume buttons for camera) giving the jailbreakers no credit.

There's a couple of reasons why Apple would oppose jailbreaking.

By requiring certification by Apple, it reduces the number of destructive apps. It gives Apple a chance to make sure that viruses or other apps that could steal information or disable your phone, even by accident, are far less likely to hurt end users.

It reduces the ability for end users to steal apps and content.

It protects Apple's 30% revenue stream on every sold app. Some of Apple's actions seem to indicate that this is a VERY important motivator for them.
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Weird. I just tried it again. When I typed the full word "jailbreak" in the search box, the full word was displayed without censoring, but the search results still demonstrated censoring. I wonder if it depends on exactly which server you're getting data from.

Probably. I would imagine that it takes some time for the change to migrate through all their servers. It will undoubtedly be resolved everywhere soon.

Tempest in a teapot. I guess the Apple-haters have nothing better to whine about today.
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