Well, this is just disturbing. Michael Gartenberg, a columnist for a number of big publications tweeted that when he searched for “jewish” in the Android Market, he got Hitler and Nazi themes as results. Now, I’m a fan of openness. It’s a reason I like Android and want it to succeed and I think that openness WILL succeed. I know less censorship has its downsides, and I can usually live with that. In this case, I don’t know if I can.
I’m not saying Google openly allows this sort of thing either and in fact, they got back to Michael saying that they are upset by this and it’s a violation to their terms of service. But clearly someone let this through. Whether it’s Google not spending time checking every app or someone really thought this was acceptable on the market.
Steve Jobs famously said that the Android Market has porn on it, porn is nothing compared to this. Does openness really lead to this? Does Google need tighter control over their Market? Would you prefer if it was a walled garden like Apple’s App Store?