Apple kicked Verizon-owned Tumblr out from the App Store for child pornography

Apple kicked Verizon-owned Tumblr out from the App Store for child pornography
Tumblr once again cements its reputation as the go-to app for displaying alternative lifestyles when it became clear that Apple has removed it from the App Store after it found out that, amidst all the daily life of vaping tattooed models, somehow child pornography was getting through. 

Pressing for a comment on the matter, the folks over at Download managed to get this statement from a Tumblr spokesperson on how those pictures managed to seep through the filtering cracks:



Given that law enforcement has been involved, the removal from the App Store may have been mandated to Apple and the only update from Tumblr's support site so far is that they are working to restore the app for iOS users. 

In the meantime, the app continues to be available on other platforms, though, so make of it what you will. As a reminder, Tumblr is now part of the Oath media conglomerate that has Verizon as a parent company, so the ball is in its court, it seems.

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20 Comments

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Where's maherk now?

6. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'm here, and after reading this, I can't but applaud Apple for banning their app, and hopefully Google will follow their steps.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Good post bro.

10. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I was wrong about it and I'll be the 1st to admit it. The 1st article wasn't clear about the reason as it is the case here, but after learning the reasons behind such a bald decision, you can't but side with Apple on this one.

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True.

2. JuniorJenny

Posts: 34; Member since: Nov 13, 2018

i suggest govt should be ban on child pornography

3. Subie

Posts: 2295; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

It already is illegal (virtually everywhere). Hence the issue with it noted in the article above.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Think McFly...think.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Damn good job Apple. That sht is disgusting, and has no place in society.

7. Shazam777

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

It's great to see that Apple can kick an entire app out of the store when said app is used by millions and it's abused by just a few.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Sure is, child porn should never be tolerated.

11. vpro0

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 23, 2017

WTF, people? Why when apple bans somebody from their store everybody thinks it's fine? Every service that allows users to upload their content has to deal with problem of filtering inappropriate content, and they all work on it all the time. One case when something slipped from algorithms is not a reason to burn Tumblr. Even more - there were a lot of cases when apple banned apps from their store to get rid of rivals.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

I already tipped the FBI to keep an eye on lyndon420. He doesn't like being censored and doesn't mind these type of content :(

14. sissy246

Posts: 7000; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Have to give credit where credit is due. Good job on the removal

15. gamehead unregistered

Why punish millions for the wrongdoing of a small minority?

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Because that is America. Millions are being punished daily, for the wrongdoings of a small minority.

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