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UK iTunes mistakenly censors inoffensive song titles

updated 03:15 pm EDT, Fri October 24, 2008

iTunes censors song titles

A software error has caused a variety of song titles in the UK iTunes Store to mistakenly be censored, according to BBC News. The glitch flagged the word "hot" as offensive, leading to incorrectly-displayed names such as "H*t H*t Heat." Store entries are routinely scanned for profanity, and edited as needed; an Apple spokesman explains the censorship as a "database glitch."

The name "Johnny" has also been blanked out in artist names, resulting in listings such as "J****y Cash" and "J****y Mathis." Other misreported words include pussycat, killer and teen. The spokesman did not know why the store was picking inoffensive words, but did say the problem would be fixed as soon as possible.

by MacNN Staff




  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Under what usage does johnny become even close to being 'obscene'? I can possibly see "hot" (as in "hot s**!"). Is that a British thing?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Then Ban that thing!!!

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