The Toronto based photo sharing service 500px has recently reported that its apps ISO500a and 500px for iOS have been removed from the Apple App Store. The speculations say that these apps have made the search for nude images much easier and Apple has pulled them due to that reason. According to Evgeny Tchebotarev who is the COO 500px, Apple is making an attempt to prevent children from finding nude images involuntarily through this app.
He further added “The move came shortly after last night’s discussions with Apple related to an updated version of 500px for iOS, which was in the hands of an App Store reviewer. The Apple reviewer told the company that the update couldn’t be approved because it allowed users to search for nude photos available through 500px’s service. This is correct to some extent, but 500px had actually made it tough to do so according to the company. New users couldn’t just launch the app and locate the nude images, the way you can do on other social photo sharing services like Instagram or Tumblr, for instance. Instead, the app defaulted to a “safe search” mode where these type of photos were hidden. To shut off safe search, 500px actually required its users to visit their desktop website and make an explicit change.
He further cleared that 500px is not promoting pornography; it’s just a kind of art for some people in the community. 500px also cleared yesterday that it is finding solution to the problem, but Apple just could not wait. In an interview with TechCrunch Tchebotarev said, “the changes 500px promised Apple should be done now and are being submitted immediately.”
Now lets see if Apple agrees to add the 500px app in its App Store again or not.
Apple has responded to the pulling of 500px’s app. Below you can find their official statement:
The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines. We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We’ve asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app.