Google Rejects Porn App for Glass

It would have helped people record sexual encounters and share the results

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 4, 2013 2:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Google Glass will be a porn-free device if the company can help it. Google yesterday rejected a pornography app for Glass just hours after Seattle developer MiKandi announced one, reports PC World. It would have allowed users to record sexual encounters and share the results on a website with anonymous viewers. "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material," writes Google, whose device goes public later this year.

Privacy advocates were concerned about one partner recording without the knowledge of the other. "Certainly, it’s not hard to imagine someone using Glass to put nude photos of you online without your consent or to create revenge porn," writes Fox Van Allen at Time's Techland blog. MiKandi says it will try to tweak its app to comply with the updated rules. Last week, Google banned facial-recognition apps, also because of privacy concerns.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in this file photo.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)
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