Google (GOOG) Glass has been one of the most talked-about upcoming products of the year, with the company just recently having begun very limited shipments to select developers ahead of a full release.
But the new innovation has already received a certain amount of negative publicity to go along with all of the hype. Citing privacy concerns, a Seattle, Washington café banned the use of the producton its premises back in March, though the product was not yet even available. Since that time, a number of businesses across the U.S, and around the world, have followed suit.
Privacy concerns are also the reason that Google has also said that it will not allow appsthat use facial recognition software to be uploaded onto the device, though it is difficult to imagine that the company will be able to maintain enough control over the product, once it is more widely available, to prevent this from happening.
But while there is much legitimate concern about the implications of combining the Glass and facial recognition technology, what really has everyone up in arms is the first pornography program for the wearable technology.
On Tuesday, MiKandi, a developer that makes adult content apps, released “Tits & Glass,” a program that allows users to view, create, and share pornographic content with others. The app received considerable coverage, though it was only downloaded a handful of times by those few who have a Google Glass in their possession.
On Tuesday morning, it was reported that the company had banned the app. The company quietly changed its Platform Developer Policy over the weekend, adding “We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material."
It is likely not the case that Google, a company that is often considered as one of the most innovative, cutting-edge, and far-thinking operations on the planet has all of a sudden reverted to Victorian-era moralism. More likely, the company is tired of the negative publicity already starting to gather around this product that has been in development and highly anticipated for so long.
Still, publicity can be good, even when it is bad. Google is aware that once the product sees a wider release and starts running on an open platform, it will be virtually impossible to stop apps like the one made by MiKandi from finding their way to the appropriate demographic. Given the long history of the pornography industry’s savvy use of technology, this is probably the least that can be expected.
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