Apple App Store yanks photo-sharing apps; says it’s too easy to search for nude photos

“Toronto photo-sharing startup 500px is reporting today that both of its applications, 500px for iOS and its recent acquisition ISO500, have been pulled from the Apple App Store due to concerns about nude photos,” Sarah Perez reports for TechCrunch.

“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,” Perez reports. “The Apple reviewer told the company that the update couldn’t be approved because it allowed users to search for nude photos in the app. This is correct to some extent, but 500px had actually made it tough to do so, explains Tchebotarev. New users couldn’t just launch the app and locate the nude images, he says, the way you can today on other social photo-sharing services like Instagram or Tumblr, for instance. Instead, the app defaulted to a “safe search” mode where these types of photos were hidden. To shut off safe search, 500px actually required its users to visit their desktop website and make an explicit change.”

Perez reports, “More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that the “nude” photos on 500px aren’t necessarily the same types of nude images users may find on other photo-sharing communities. That is, they’re not pornographic in nature… most of the nudes you’ll find on 500px, whose community tends to include professional photographers and other photo enthusiasts, are of an ‘artistic’ nature… User reaction, as expected, is a bit incredulous, considering how easy it is to find nudity in other apps, including in all web browsers.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This walled garden is certainly not named Eden.

43 Comments

        1. This purely tyrannical Puritanism by Apple is offensive and insane. It greatly offends me that Apple thinks that nudity is some sort of scourge we need to be protected from, meanwhile you can get apple where you shoot and blow up people, that’s perfectly fine.

  1. I guess you guys have no idea that people have the right to privacy, or, considering that you appear to have no respect, that you can be sued for invasion of privacy. Try posting your girlfriend’s picture without her permission and hope her father isn’t a lawyer. Grow up!

    1. You sound like some backwoodsman nut who has never seen a bare titty before. Would you rather that the App Store Hitler banned iPhoto and Photo Stream because nude photos could be shared and broadcast to the wider world!

      Some of the App Store rules are truly ridiculous which has resulted in the withdrawal of some very useful apps from the App Store. Translator Free is one, MPlayerX is another.

      Apple should emerge from its long dark control freak tunnel and see the light. Communism fell in Russia 20 years ago and yet we have the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler alive and well in the App Store.

      1. Well, in TFlint’s defense, I am the father of two 20-something girls and though I’m not a PhD, I’m pretty worldly wise, and I would really have a cow if someone sent me a link to a site that showed them showing anything that a bikini should be hiding.

        Just sayin’…

        1. Forgot to mention again in TFlint’s defense: Suppose the images were of your underage daughter? Don’t think it isn’t possible? These days with the ease of snapping shots with phones and credit-card sized cameras, anything’s possible, even for kids whose family has done its best to raise them to be responsible. Lots of legal implications here. And often impossible to track.

  2. “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.”

    Well, that says it all, doesn’t it?

    Honestly, why not have safeguards in place?

    Do any of you know any children? Have children? Seriously, were any of you even a child once?!

    And MDN, Eden was fine until some idiots not unlike you or me ruined it for everybody. So there you have it!

    🙂

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