Jailbreak Apple censors and un censors the word jailbreak

In Apple's digital store, the word 'jailbreak' was being replaced with a censored 'j*******k'. After much ridicule on Twitter and the blogosphere, Apple quickly removed the censorship.

In Apple's digital store, the word 'jailbreak' was being replaced with a censored 'j*******k'. After much ridicule on Twitter and the blogosphere, Apple quickly removed the censorship.

It made for a confusing day in the blogosphere. Almost as quickly as the bizarre act was noticed, it vanished. Users realized earlier, however, that switching the ratings system to a different country in iTunes store removed the censor anyways. It turns out that this practice has actually been occurring for months. The blogging community chose today to take notice of it, however.

Jailbreak Apple censors and un censors the word jailbreak

Jailbreaking, in the Apple sense, is an act of the user community to remove the locked prohibitions of Apple mobile devices, namely the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This allows a user to gain root access to the operating system, and perform major modifications. Apple has been historically opposed to this practice. Cult of Mac writer Killian Bell remarked "I can imagine that the reaction you get from mentioning the word 'jailbreak' within the Apple camp in Cupertino is almost identical to that you get when mentioning the word 'bomb' on an airplane"

The word started appearing censored with asterisks in iTunes store listings containing it. For example, an episode from the classic cowboy TV series 'Roy Rogers' appeared as 'J*******k' instead of 'Jailbreak'. Many bloggers assumed that this was a petty act of retaliation against the jailbreak community. Others thought perhaps that it was flunked attempt to censor the word from App listings.

In any case, Apple apparently took notice of the community ridicule, and the censoring is now being removed. Interestingly enough, the un-censoring is taking place a tad slowly, and some items still appear censored even now.

Conspiracy theories aside, this humble writer finds the situation amusing, and thinks that Apple was simply displaying an uncommon sense of humor – but perhaps we'll never know.

Source: Cult of Mac