Jobs “freedom from porn” iPad quote prompts billboard hacking [Video]

Jun 9, 2010
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Jobs “freedom from porn” iPad quote prompts billboard hacking [Video]

When Steve Jobs said that the iPad offered "Freedom from porn" last month, it was just the latest in a series of digs against rival platforms - Android, PCs - that allow risque content to be viewed.  The Apple CEO probably didn't expect it to kick start a guerilla street art campaign, though; that, however, is exactly what has happened.  Apple adverts near the Moscone center where Apple held their WWDC 2010 keynote earlier this week were modified using self-adhesive overlays that changed the generic content into something a little more smutty.

Video after the cut

Rather than showing regular Facebook pages, email inboxes and websites, the tampered adverts showed spam-filled "Hotties near you!" messages and even a fake Steve Jobs profile in which he apparently raved about new 3D adult content.  The creators even made sure to match up the fingers correctly, so at first glance you might mistake them for the real thing.

Now, SlashGear doesn't advocate what could be seen as amounting to graffiti across Apple's adverts, but this is certainly a sign that not everyone is happy with the Cupertino company "curating" their digital experience.  Jobs himself referred to that, in part at least, during the keynote this week; he described iPhone OS as having two different ways for people to create interactive content for users, either via the moderated App Store or via generic - and unmoderated - webapps viewable through the browser.

[via Wooster Collective]


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