Steve Jobs must be morally mortified. Less than a week after the Apple (APPL) iPhone 4 launch, there are already some FaceTime video-sex services on the horizon. Just over a month ago, Jobs said that, unlike the Google (GOOG) Android platform, the Apple infrastructure "protected" users from pornography -- so this makes him either a hypocrite, a short-sighted planner or a naÃ¯ve leader.
According to Business Insider via Gizmodo, a Craigslist ad is looking for women to join an "...online interactive pornography firm where woman will use the iphone 4 to video chat with potential customers on a pay as you go basis. Hours are flexible, pay will increase as the business builds. Woman will receive a free iphone 4 to use as personal time when not working. Woman will talk to potential clients and chat with them and perform various acts as desired by clients. All information will be confidential."
Let's look at how FaceTime pokes holes in Jobs' current "use porn to scare people" strategy against Android:
- Hypocritical: As discussed during Apple's whitewashing of "inappropriate apps" back in February, Apple couldn't successfully purge all the adult content from the Apple Store. The iPod/iPhone/iPad environment continued, and continues, to have dozens, if not hundreds of adult-oriented apps. Apple's recent admonishment of Google and the removal of so-called adult apps now just looks like smoke and mirrors to encourage Apple sales.
- Short-sighted: Like virtually any phone line, Apple's problem is that FaceTime can't be easily regulated. Adult services are already desperate to bring in the riches of the early Internet days. 1-900 numbers and automatic charging (via AT&T (ATT) and Apple -- natch) mean that they can make serious money without Apple taking its prerequisite 30 percent cut.
- NaÃ¯ve leadership: FaceTime is video, which virtually begs to be used for adult purposes. At this point, even the Microsoft (MSFT) XBox 360 has a softcore video chat service. What did Jobs think was going to happen?
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