Sex Tech: Apple sued for porn exposure, Robert Scoble, social media prenups

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An attorney files suit against Apple for porn exposure claiming "unfair competition" with his wife, Robert Scoble gets a free sex toy, a teen girl is busted for underage porn over iPhone pics that include herself.

Man sues Apple over Safari access to Internet porn

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A Nashville attorney is suing Apple on the ground that their products facilitate Internet access to the Internet where there is pornography, that Apple products should come with a warning about the perils of porn's effect on [his] male libido as well as default filters, and also alleges "unfair competition" - between porn actresses and his wife.

The complaint describes some of the societal harm porn causes, such as “lead[ing] to American girls traveling abroad to be abducted and cast into sex trafficking.”

According to Above The Law, "In using safari, the Plaintiff accidentally misspelled “facebook.com” which lead him to “f*ckbook.com” and a host of web sites that caused him to see pornographic images that appealed to his biological sensibilities as a male and lead to an unwanted addiction with adverse consequences."

Facebook partners with Demi and Ashton to fight CP

Facebook is among the major Internet companies involved in talks with Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, a Los Angeles-based organization started by Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore to combat child sex trafficking, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of children.

Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Twitter, and at least three other companies are in discussions with Thorn, with each company reportedly using Microsoft’s PhotoDNA software to adds hashes to images that qualify as child abuse or pornography, allowing companies to quickly remove those images.

Kutcher and Moore faced fiery criticism for their first round founding an anti-trafficking nonprofit when they lumped pornography and all adult sex work into the trafficking category, having partnered with anti-porn organizations at the launch - prompting Village Voice to strike back at the ignorance of the two in a piece titled Real Men Get Their Facts Straight.

Let's be glad he didn't review it in the shower

Robert Scoble writes, "Usually I just don't have the time (or the early access) to gadgets to give them a multi-thousand-word review, but today a sex gadget from Revel Body arrived, so I wonder how the Verge would review this? If I was Joshua Topolsky and the Revel Body showed up"

Fight revenge porn with a social media pre-nup?

Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy and security lawyer told CTV’s Canada AM on Wednesday that having a social media prenup would work similar to non-disclosure agreements used in the business world.

Signing a sex-and-relationships NDA, she suggests, might mitigate the disaster of "revenge porn" or provide victims with better legal recourse than the - very little - that is available to online revenge porn victims at this time.

Another minor charged as a sex offender for selfies

A 15-year-old girl was arrested on a child pornography charge for allegedly showing several classmates a photo on her iPhone depicting “two juveniles engaged in oral sex,” police report.

The girl admitted to “taking the pornographic photo,” according to a complaint affidavit filed by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

The document, sworn by a detective, does not identify the juveniles in the photo, though a sheriff’s spokesperson said that the teen herself is one of the minors depicted.

Actually, the Internet has more cats than porn

Many things in porn are exaggerated, including the statistics regularly quoted to show how much pornography is on the web.

In 2010 the largest study ever done into human sexuality published a very different figure for how many of the web's most popular sites were devoted to porn.

The academics behind the research based their results on analysis of the million most frequented sites in the world. Their estimate? Just 4% of those websites were porn.

Topics: Apple, Legal

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Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that inclu... Full Bio

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