Apps could be scored on sex and violence if Apple and Google approve a voluntary rating system proposed by the American Wireless Association, the CITA, and the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The rating grades apps on a sliding scale of one to five – from “everyone” to “adults only”. Intended for parental guidance, …
Apple are overlooking porn industry effect on new technology
@"Apple already operate a strict no-porn policy"
Apple are iTits.
I don't think the many religious apps (Christian, Islam.. etc.) will look kindly on having their violence rating set at 5.
Just look what filth and violence you can read about them:
...and yes, I am aware, it's 'sceptics', for the Queen's English speakers.
Having read the details (URL below) it's not quite as horrible an idea as it first sounds like. Apparently the rating is automatically generated based on a questionnaire. It doesn't cost anything and you get the result instantly. Still, it does give me that feeling I'm looking down at a long slippery slope.
I'd rather have ratings so people know what they're getting than just banning apps arbitrarily depending on the current moral panic of the day.
I recall there was a move to add something like this to websites - meta data you could put in your own pages that browsers could then warn users about when visiting depending on the rating threshold they had set. Seemed reasonable as long as browsers always displayed pages with no rating set.
This all sounds very reasonable,
but will stir up plenty of "how dare you presume to tell me what I can/cannot watch" froth, nonetheless. I like to be able to make informed decisions, and the BBFC do a fine job with that for films.
Certainly better systems than the adult content blocking used on mobile phones, anyway.