Apple Is Censoring The Word 'Jailbreak' In ITunes

Apple Is Censoring The Word 'Jailbreak' In iTunes

Apple isn't a fan of users jailbreaking its devices, and the company doesn't seem to be a fan of the word "jailbreak," either.

The word "jailbreak" apparently has been modified to "j*******k" in several places around the iTunes store. According to tech site Shoutpedia, popular iOS hacker @planetbeing first noticed the oddity. Self-proclaimed iPhone hacker @MuscleNerd tweeted @planetbeing's findings on Thursday:

Shoutpedia also notes that the filter is affecting all iTunes store categories; however, it appears it only applies to those in the U.S. Below is one of the first instances discovered:

[Note: The "deluxe edition" of the song "Jailbreak" by Thin Lizzy is censored on the U.S. iTunes store, but not on the European one.]


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In addition, it does indeed seem that the block on the word has reached both iPhone and iPad apps, too.


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Even iBooks have been affected. WebProNews pointed out the tweet of @86intruder, who responded to @MuscleNerd with a picture to prove it:

@MuscleNerd @planetbeing iBooks too.…

— 86intruder (@86intruder) May 17, 2012

As MacRumors points out, Apple discourages users from jailbreaking their iDevices, a process that removes restrictions on the gadget and allows the downloading of apps and other features that aren't Apple-approved and aren't available in the App Store.

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