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Google Bans Adult Content For Glass Developers

by Adriana Lee | June 4, 2013

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I’ve heard friends crack wise about Google Glass and its use-cases. Some of them are more colorful than others. Let’s just say, I’ve heard more than my fair share of jokes having to do with watching certain types of content while having both hands free. Well, Google’s not laughing. The company may be known for evangelizing openness, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t willing to shut the door on adult material.

In other words, Mama Mountain View has put her foot down on porn.

Google has updated its Glass platform developer policies over the weekend, and now there are more details covering what developers can and can’t do with “Glassware.” The terms state that the company does not permit any “Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material.”

Why the hardnosed stance? Well, there may be a few reasons for this. First, a congressional inquiry in May put Google in the hot seat over privacy matters, so the company is already assessing its development and usage policies. And second, coincidentally or not, a new adult app for Glass just launched called Ti*s and Glass. (You can probably figure out that the asterisk is a placeholder. The word rhymes with “pits.”) It was created by developers from MiKandi, the mobile app store for porn, which claims the product — let’s just call it T&G — is the first x-rated application for this device.

Designed to let Glass users share explicit pics and vids directly or via the website, T&G not only comes with preloaded “premium” pics, but it also promises additional Glass-recorded content in the future. Given MiKandi’s background, it makes perfect sense that the devs would try to lay down a foundation for a porn hub of sorts. When they developed the app, there were no specific terms about sexual content for them to violate.

But there are now. Although Google hasn’t called them out directly yet, any aspirations for a triple X resource for Glass users is probably not in the cards. Then again, MiKandi isn’t giving up so easily. Jesse Adams, MiKandi co-founder and developer, is trying to brainstorm a way to get around the limitations. And others in the industry have come out to express their curiosity and excitement over the wearable tech.

Well, it wouldn’t be the first time the adult industry embraced technologies. In fact, it’s even been known to propel them forward. Whether the same could happen here, despite this obstacle, remains to be seen.

As for the rest of the Glass terms, the policy also prohibits content depicting violence, bullying, hate speech, deceptive behavior, gambling and any other blatantly illegal activities. Developers ignoring those rules are subject to “the disablement or removal of your application, being prohibited from providing future applications, or termination of your Google account.” Google also stepped out and banned facial recognition apps, at least until privacy protections are in place. This seems to be a direct nod to the concerned politicians the company had to answer to in May.

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Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...


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