Google Glass Kills Porn App With Amazing Name

Google bans Tits & Glass

It's a bit like rats and cockroaches, porn ­­- it gets everywhere. And why is that? Oh yeah, because porn is probably still one of the biggest earners on the interwebs. Apparently it's all over the Kindle and the other devices, in one form or another. And now, it's on Google's new toy, Google Glass. Last week saw the announcement of an app which would allow a first person viewpoint for porn.

Hotly anticipated, this brainchild of MiKandi, an adult entertainment company with a reputation for being "tasteful", was launched with a new website, TitsAndGlass.com (NSFW). One industry pundit proclaimed that it would "blow the covers off the porn industry", even with concerns over consent and privacy the device could raise. MiKandi's promotional material was suitably enthusiastic, too:

Sharing POV porn is now even faster and easier than holding up your camera phone ... How fun will it be to tap into your favorite porn star or cam model’s Glass video stream?

The release got a surprising response, as Google went and changed their development Terms and Conditions over the weekend to specifically cover porn apps, stating “we don’t allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material” . Obviously this was bit of a shock to MiKandi, as there hadn't previously been anything in the Ts&Cs about it. They'd also been getting a good response from the public.

Since we announced the availability of Tits & Glass this morning, nearly 10,000 unique visitors have visited TitsAndGlass.com, and a dozen Glass users have already signed up with our app. Not surprisingly, we’ve reached our API limits. Our previously approved request to up our limit was later denied today, so unfortunately, there’ll be no more updates to Tits & Glass until tomorrow.

I'm not sure if this qualifies completely as censorship, as this isn't first time we've seen this kind of exclusion of content on devices. I think the real test will be what happens when the amateurs start posting their content, or the pros find ways around the strictures — because they will. Should it be banned? There are issues, certainly, but is this another futile attack on certain kinds of content?

Dean Fetzer

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Dean Fetzer is originally from a small town in eastern Colorado, but has lived in London, England, for the past 21 years. After a career in graphic design, he started a pub review website in the late 90’s; He left that in 2011 to concentrate on his thriller writing, as well as offering publishing services for authors, poets and artists. When not writing - or in the pub - he can be found in the theatre, live music venues and travelling.

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jennydecki from Chicagoland is reading The Foreigners June 5, 2013 - 6:13am

As much as I'd like to have some kind of salient opinion on this, I find all I can do is belt out the song from A Chorus Line. My children are so lucky to be home for summer today, they're going to learn a new song! I'm so proud. (not really)

Oh, but porn - it exists and trying to ban it is not going to do anything. I think Google changed their T&C to stall while they figure out what to do about it. The fact they didn't see this coming, that no one made a joke like this at some point in some meeting is a little sad. The first time I saw Google Glass I was like, "Oh geez. Porn." and I can assure you I'm not tech wunderkind pwning the p0rn of the interwebz. smdh