Playing Easily Outraged…The Telegraph has a knock at Google’s Play Store after one parent complains that adult books are sold side by side with children’s books

Posted: 17 February, 2014 in UK News
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google play store logoThe Daily Telegraph has decided to take a pop at Google’s Play Store for mobile apps. There doesn’t seem much evidence of ‘outrage’ but when did that ever stop the tabloids.The Telegraph rolls out the outrage bandwagon:

Google is profiting from the sale of hundreds of pornographic images and books depicting sadistic acts, incest and rape which are readily available to children. It is selling titles with graphic images and content alongside children’s literature on its Google Play book store.

More than 100 of the books are in fact little more than pornographic magazines and openly advertise the fact that they contain hundreds of graphic images. Free samples are available to download, and they can be accessed on computers, tablets and mobile phones.

Despite the graphic nature of the images Google has no age verification in place or parental restrictions, other than requiring a child to declare that they are aged 13 and above to use the Google Play store.

One parent wrote to her MP, Stephen Barclay to raise her concerns after discovering that her son had been downloading the images on his phone:

I feel they are not bothered about this problem. I don’t think many parents are aware of this situation so [they] are unable to keep their children safe, as Google keeps advertising. I would like … to find a solution through government to put a stop to this situation and make Google more responsible.

A Google spokesman said that the company did not issue age-ratings for books because there is no certification system. The company argues that:

A 13–year-old could freely walk into any book store and browse/purchase any book he/she chose to pick up.

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