Microsoft Kills "Sexting" Video

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Microsoft several days ago killed a promotional video for its Kin line of phones -- a video that critics believed promoting sexting among the under-18 set. Is it puritanical political correctness gone out of control, or the right move to stop sexting?

The controversy broke last week, when Consumer Reports complained that a promotional video for the phones:

includes a downright creepy sequence in which a young man is shown putting a Kin under his shirt and apparently snapping a picture of one of his naked breasts. The breast is then shown on the phone's screen, just before the guy apparently sends it to someone. Next we see the face of a young woman, seemingly the recipient, with an amused expression on her face.

Microsoft quickly pulled the video. In a tweet to the industry watchdog group Common Sense Media, Microsoft said "We take sexting very seriously, & are sorry it happened."

You can see the video, below. It had been posted on Microsoft's Kin site.

Whether or not the ad promoted sexting, Microsoft essentially had no choice but to pull it because of the outraged reaction of many people. What do you think of the reaction to the video --- PC gone out of control, or a way to fight the practice of sexting?

This story, "Microsoft Kills "Sexting" Video" was originally published by Computerworld.

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