Why is Apple censoring the word ‘jailbreak’ from iTunes?
By Damien Gayle
PUBLISHED: 10:53, 18 May 2012 | UPDATED: 11:06, 18 May 2012
Apple has banned the word ‘jailbreak’ from it’s U.S. iTunes store listings, the latest indication of its disapproval of hackers who muck around with their tightly secured products.
‘Jailbreaking’ refers to the practice of hacking into Apple’s products to allow them to play pirated software and media and, in the case of the iPhone and iPad, to be used on different mobile networks.
Now it seems that the company will not even countenance the word’s mention on their site, with songs like Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak now listed in some places as J*******k.
Apple’s filtering of the term from song and software titles puts the word in the same category as ‘b******t’ and other obscene language.
However the censorship is inconsistent, Network World’s Alpha Doggs blog reports, with unfiltered references still sneaking through.
While an episode of The Roy Rogers Show is listed as J********k, a game called Jailbreaker was showed uncensored, the blog said.
Apple is well known for keeping a tight rein over the apps, music and videos that are approved for use on its consumer products and distributed through iTunes.
The consumer tech giant has in the past tried to counter hacks by warning customers that warranties for their gadgets will be voided if they tamper with their Apple products.
The U.S. in 2010 ruled that jailbreaking iPhones and similar devices was legal, as long as it was not done to evade copy protections, but Apple has continued to fight the practice.