Porn

Over the past little while we've seen mainstream media go after RIM is some obscene ways but the latest news coming from the UK really takes the cake. In the UK, Research In Motion is noted to have eight million and growing subscribers -- of those eight million a large number of them are suggested to be under the age of 18.

Now, the telecommunications regulator in the UK, Ofcom has summoned RIM to a summit involving the UK's leading mobile networks to discuss what according to Ofcom is a problem with BlackBerry smartphones, being able to access porn from their browser and as such allowing underage individuals access to such things.

“It was brought to our attention that there was a problem, It is to do with the way in which the BlackBerry operating system works. We are very concerned and want to get this resolved as quickly as possible.” 

Reading the first portion of that news, one may say that's a reasonable request but only when you dig further does the absurdity of this information come to light. As we know it, RIM uses the NOC to filter all data so really, they could lock down porn access on BlackBerry smartphones and Ofcom's issue is that they've not done so in the UK allowing anyone of any age access to porn on their device.

The problem with all this information is that RIM already offered a solution to block access to porn and the only UK carrier to adopt the methods was T-Mobile. So according to the information available, Ofcom's request to call RIM out seems rather out of place considering it's the UK's own mobile networks, which never adopted the precautions, offered to them.

Forget the fact this has been an ongoing problem with mobile devices in the UK since 2006, and they're only now getting around to it. It's so much easier to just blame RIM for it all. Dog died? Blame RIM. Truck won't start? Blame RIM. Economy is bad? Blame RIM. And soon it may be, can't connect to your favorite porn site? Blame RIM. 2012 for RIM can only get better, because seemingly what's left of 2011 for them can't get any worse.

Source: The Telegraph; Thanks, Michael!