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Google bans porn on Google Glass

By Heather Kelly, CNN
updated 8:29 PM EDT, Mon Jun 3, 2013

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first pornographic app for Google Glass was announced on Monday morning
  • Google quickly added a section to its developer policies banning sexually explicit material
  • The company behind the app plans on altering the product to comply with the new terms

(CNN) -- On Monday morning, the first porn app for Google Glass was announced. A few hours later, Google officially banned sexually explicit material on the futuristic eyewear.

The pornographic app for Glass was released by MiKandi, an adult app store that has a successful Android app store for adult apps. Using the application, Google Glass wearers could look at photos and watch videos filmed using Google Glass. The company wanted to expand from first-person point of view videos to one-on-one interactions between adults who both have Glass.

Now it seems that business plan will need to be altered.

Google has added a new section to its developer policies for Google Glass that prohibits apps from delivering sexually explicit content.

"We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts or sexually explicit material," the section reads, going on to promise harsh penalties for any app featuring child pornography. Google also bans gratuitous violence, hate speech and gambling on Glass.

More than 10,000 people have visited the landing page for the app, and a dozen Glass owners have signed up with the app, MiKandi CEO Jesse Adams said in a blog post.

He said the company made sure it was following the Google Glass developer terms when it started creating the app two weeks ago, but those rules were quickly changed by Google. MiKandi will comply with the new rules, and plans on rolling out a new app that somehow doesn't include any of the forbidden content.

"Although the app is still live and people are using it, at this point we must make changes to the app in order to comply with the new policies. Expect to see changes to the application tomorrow," Adams said in a blog post.

This is not the first time the adult company has gone up against Silicon Valley giants.

In 2011, Apple sent the company a cease and desist letter for using the phrase "app store" in its tagline. It has also had apps rejected from the iOS and Android app stores before.

Google Glass is a completely new product, and the public is still figuring out how and if it will be used. The company is working hard to avoid a sullied reputation for the wearable computer before it it is publicly released.

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