Apple recently pulled both the 500px and the ISO500 apps due to a claimed breach of App Store rules regarding pornographic material. The move effectively cuts off new user access to the popular photo sharing apps which target professional photographers and artists. According to TechCrunch, the apps’ removal came following a late-night discussion between 500px and Apple over an app update that was flagged for violating App Store policy.
The app, which has been in the App Store for over 16 months is a well-designed and long-standing app that helps bring the online photography community of the same name to the iOS platform. The company’s COO, Evgeny Tchebotarev said the iOS versions combined have been downloaded over one million times, with 500px yielding almost one million downloads and the newly acquired ISO500 accounting for over 200,000 downloads.
After an update to the 500px app was submitted to Apple a few days ago, a reviewer flagged the app for objectionable content. Ultimately, it was found to be too easy to search for and come across nude photos through the built-in search function, which resulted in the app being pulled. According to an Apple spokesman:
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.
Some people are mature enough to see these photos but by default it’s safe.
Source: The Next Web, TechCrunch