Questions for Apple's CEO, from Censorship to Satire

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I'm concerned about reports that apps ridiculing public figures are banned from the App Store. Because ridiculing public figures is the essence of satire, it's integral to the free speech that helped make America great. I'd love to see the App Store policies specifically amended to permit, even encourage, political speech and ridiculing public figures.

Another issue related to censorship: Why have App Store filters at all when so much of the same content is available on the Internet? It seems weird and contradictory to take the time and trouble to filter objectionable content from the App Store, when virtually all that content is available on the Web. (I hope you're not planning to set up Web filters, please tell me you're not.)

As a side-note, I roll my eyes every time I download a Twitter app or Web browser and get a warning message telling me it might be used to access adult content. Does anybody need to be warned that there's adult content on the Internet? Seriously? It makes me feel like Apple doesn't have much respect for its customers, that it thinks of us as five-year-olds. Can you at least get rid of those silly warnings?

I wonder if you could talk about these issues a little bit -- what do you think? What's your reasoning? Like I said, I've seen lots of second-hand reports and statements attributed to you, but I haven't seen Apple go on the record about this directly.

On a lighter note: Got any favorite iPad accessories?

I'm planning to publish this note on my blog, and will publish your response as well.

Thanks, and keep up the great work. By the way, my wife and I each have an iPad. We love them. We also have various iPhones, iMacs, and iPods, and are quite happy with those. I'm planning to buy a new MacBook Pro this month, and the new iPhone everyone is expecting this summer.

Cheers, and thanks again for the great work you've done over the years. Hopefully, you'll be giving me reasons for me to give you my money for many more years to come!

Mitch Wagner is a freelance technology journalist and social media marketing consultant. Follow him on Twitter: @MitchWagner.

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