Apple has taken its war against jailbreaking to another level as the iTunes Store begins censoring all occurrences of the word ?jailbreak? among all content categories. Music albums, apps, podcast episodes, television shows, e-book titles, movies, and almost everything has been affected with this policy change.
MuscleNerd has tweeted the term has been uncensored for iTunes ringtones and songs. According to The Next Web, ?an error? in the iTunes rating system caused the word ?jailbreak?? to get added to a general ratings list. While checking out iTunes, some of the recent songs were fixed for me but not all. MuscleNerd was the first to spot out this censoring on the US iTunes Store.
To check it out yourself, open iTunes, tap the iTunes Store in the left-hand Store section and enter ?jailbreak? in the search field sitting in the upper right part of the store window. You?ll see all searches of this word have been replaced with ?j*******k?. The affected include all store categories, from podcast episodes to apps and music, iTunes U content and e-books.
The titles of electronic books is also being filtered even they don?t cover the term jailbreaking in any way. I don?t have a clue what?s going on with Apple. ?Jailbreak? is not expletive or anything else. So far it is only happening in the U.S iTunes Store but iTunes Store in other countries may also see the policy changes later.
Let us know if the same thing is happening on the iTunes Store in your region. Isn?t Apple going a bit too far in the fight against the jailbreak community?
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