Based on Chris Sevier, who filed suit against Apple in a Tennessee district court, Cupertino supports “porn on-line, explicit sexual content which has led to the proliferation of arousal addiction, sex trafficking, prostitution, and innumerable amounts of shattered lives.”
Sevier said Apple devices should be locked down to filter out pornographic content on Safari, though those over 18 should have the ability to get a password from Apple to unlock the mature material. If Apple agrees to this filter, Sevier said he will drop his lawsuit.
It would be surprising, on the other hand, if the judge takes Sevier’s complaint seriously. The 50-page filing is rambling, grammatically incorrect, and generally unhinged.
“He may return to the practice of law after showing to the court by clear and convincing evidence that the disability was removed and he’s fit to resume the practice of law,” the TBA said at time, but it is unclear if Sevier has done thus. Sevier filed the charge himself and it generally does not name an external law firm; it lists his current position as an “electronic artist” with the music group Ghost Wars.
That complaint, meanwhile, manages to mention 9/11, cocaine, the virtues of life in the 1950s, Abu Ghraib, and what he believes are the damaging effects of permitting homosexuals to serve in the military. Sevier is an Army combat veteran, based on the filing.
Because of this, it would be quite laughable if it was not a bit miserable. Sevier essentially asserts that purchasing a MacBook destroyed his life because Apple’s Safari browser didn’t block access to pornography – and it all got started when he “accidentally” typed in f**kbook.com rather than Facebook.com.
“Before purchasing a MacBook the plaintiff hadn’t ever seen pornographic pictures,” or visited a strip club or sex club, the filing claims. Pornographic websites, however, led to the death of his union, in accordance with Sevier.
“Apple has an obligation to society not to restrict married contracts, to reduce the number of kids being orphaned or being raised in single parent homes and from decreasing the chances of American girls traveling abroad from being sex trafficked,” Sevier says.
Not surprisingly, the filing contradicts itself rather a couple of times. He also claims that Apple should block Backpage.com from everyone, even people that have the “porn password.”
Apple gadgets are, obviously, not the only ones that can access the Internet. Sevier doesn’t really address this except to say that “pro-family device manufacturers, such as Apple, should do the right thing.”
Meanwhile, Apple has a well-known policy against pornographic material for apps in its app stores. Back in 2010, Steve Jobs famously said that Apple offers “independence from pornography,” and Cupertino has normally removed apps that promote adult content; see the slideshow above.
In subsequent filings, Judge Todd J. Campbell indicated that he might dismiss the case because of Sevier’s failure to pay the civil filing fee. Judge Campbell pointed to have in a checking account, which would cover the fee, although Sevier requested that his filing fee is waived by the court because he cannot manage it, the judge said. If Sevier supply the required advice or does not pay up to show that he’s indigent, Judge Campbell said the suit could be dismissed.