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Google Bans Porn on Glass Device

Written by Tom 'Johnsee' Johns on . Posted in News, Privacy & Security

Google Glass — it’s on the frontier of what seems like a futuristic approach to technology. This wearable gadget is in many ways, similar to a smartphone, with the obvious difference involving an ability actually to wear Google Glass while you use it.

Prospective owners have long dreamed of all the things they might do with the gadget once it’s perched squarely on their faces. And while there are plenty of opportunities from the new technology, a humorous event that took place recently ensures that watching porn will not be among them. That’s right — pornography isn’t allowed on Glass. How on Earth will the device’s users survive?

The First Porn App

For a very short window of time, there was, in fact, pornography on Glass. A software developer called MiKandi released an app with which users could browse explicit sexual content. Those expressing interest also were able to upload their own pornographic content for other users to view. This ability did not last long, however, with Google shutting down the app after just a few hours. Soon after, the Internet giant revised its policies to ensure explicit content was not made available for users.

The Privacy Concerns

The main impetus for the banning of MiKandi and other explicit apps was one of privacy and security. With smartphones, it’s generally easy to tell if someone is recording a video or taking a snapshot to post online. Thus, it is also easier to ensure that consent is given before such content is posted. However, this isn’t the case with Google’s new project. Because of the wearable nature of the device, it is safe to assume that users may potentially capture explicit images or videos without the subject ever knowing.

Such apps are very common on smartphones, allowing users to garner information on an individual simply by taking a picture of him or her and uploading it to the required app. But again, it’s easier to tell when someone is trying to use a facial recognition app on a smartphone as opposed to on a wearable device.

API and Innovation

Of course, pornography and facial recognition aren’t the only ways to utilize new technology in an innovative manner. It just happens to be the route taken by MiKandi. While Google’s policies for its Glassware may now be somewhat more strict than those associated with smartphones, there is still plenty of room for using wearable gadgets in new and exciting ways. As internetserviceproviders.com explains, the current possession of Google’s API by several third-party outfits means that users will be able to download apps that diverge significantly from what they’ve come to expect on smartphones. So, while there may be some limits set forth by the Google Glassware policy, there will be enough opportunities for unique use to offset such limitations.

Adult content may be banned on Google Glass, but in all likelihood, that will not stop this device from being a huge hit among tech junkies. Get ready to be astounded by the creative ways in which Glassware can be used to enhance everyday life!

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