“In Soviet Russia, Porn blocks Apple.”

It appears Apple’s launch of iTunes music and movies in Russia is running into a bit of controversy with several Russian users noticing advertising for pornography sites and escort services in the iTunes’s movies section. As highlighted in the many tweets below, and reported by local blog iPhones.ru, a section titled “more films in different languages” is displaying the pornographic content. iPhones.ru speculates it might related to an issue with temporary xxx placeholder links (machine translation):

Update: most likely, the problem arises because of links: the people responsible for iTunes, put the “temporary” link type xx.xx.xx. That’s just such a site exists, and, as we have seen today, has nothing to do with the ideals of the company.Waiting for the fix.

iTunes and the App Store is today experiencing global outages, as witnessed by the dozens of reports on Twitter. It’s unclear if that is possibly related to the issue with the Russian iTunes launch or if users in other countries recently given access to iTunes are experiencing similar bugs. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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