Apple Pulls Popular Photo Sharing App Following Child Porn Allegations
Apple has pulled a photo sharing app from its App Store following what it says were complaints about child pornography on the service. However, the company behind the popular 500px app denies that was even possible.
The app is a standard photo sharing service, but also supports the uploading of what they call artistic photos of human nudes. Any blatantly pornographic images are deleted. Also nudity is filtered by a "safe search" function which is turned on by default.
However, Apple has blocked the app, which had been downloaded over a million times from its App Store.
In a statement, Apple said that "the app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines."
The company added that they had "also received customer complaints about possible child pornography."
The company did not elaborate on that last issue.
The app is still available for Android phones though via its own Google Play service.
The developers of the App said that they expect to be able to resumbit the app to Apple after making some changes to how it allows content searches.
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