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Apple pulls 500px app from App Store, accuses it of allowing too easy access to porn

0. phoneArena posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:48

500px is one of our favorite photography applications - a simply and beautifully designed app for photographers and enthusiasts, but also a community, it was suddenly pulled out of the Apple App Store…

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posted on 23 Jan 2013, 05:57 10

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Apple did the right thing!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:07 1

12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

its not the developers fault what gets posted on their services...agreed there should be some safety measure or authentication protocol for accessing adult content but you really cant blame the developer or snag their app out...the right thing is to deliver a notice of the situation to the developers and ensure they take necessary steps.

However if there was child porn on that service then Apple did the right thing!
People who prey on children and violate women's rights dont deserve a place amongst humans because they arent humans!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:12 4

13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

I'm sorry, I don't get Apple with this no nudity thing. One app that has plenty of nudity...Safari...which comes preloaded on every iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. But I've never understood the big deal in nudity. We care so little about violence, but the natural human body, OH NO! I get that Apple can absolutely pass whatever rules they want...it's their store. But I wish people in general would get over being hung up on sex/nudity when it's part of human nature. Murder is not.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:19

15. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Actually random killing may not be, but domination killing is a part of the animal instinct. Of course the over-reaction of a nipple is getting tired and old.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 13:50

26. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

Animal instinct & nipples, reminds of some good zoophilia videos out there... A woman and her doggy style.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 13:32

25. Topcat488 (Posts: 1396; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)

First of all the article says that the App will be back in the Apps Store in a couple of days... (I take it you did read the article.) But in case you didn't read it, before commenting, here's a bit of a quote:

“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.

Spiritual Murder it is.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 16:44

27. rdaex (Posts: 152; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

agreed... If I wanna see Cytheria spraying the room like the fountains at Bellagio, Ill just load up safari!

Speaking of... I think the next show is about to start!!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:21

18. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

Welcome to fascism without freedom, welcome to iTunes.....you need to be led otherwise you dont know what do you want to install ;-)

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:26 10

2. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Of course, it would really would be Apple to pull some crap like this. Now I've never even heard about this app, but let me just state an unbiased opinion, k? If there was, by any chance, child pornography in this Web community and Apple knew something that the developers didn't, wouldn't it have been the rational and reasonable thing to do is to at least give the developers a proper notice of what was so bad that they were considering pulling the application in the first place? Child pornography is a huge NO, but what has me puzzles is how Apple spotted this out of all the millions upon millions of pictures on the app? Is it just me or does that not come off as shady. My opinion, Apple put it there to then come off as a concerned "parent" figure to this stunt, because if this was really as bad as they're making it out to be, they wouldn't even allow the app to ever be put back in the app store due to their zero tolerance clause.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:01 1

6. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

KEEEEN EYE! ^^^^ lol

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:35

19. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Thanks man.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:30 4

3. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

So...if someone posts some nasty nudes on instagram?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:51

10. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

You make a point....lol.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:34 2

4. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Looks like they need to get rid of cameras and any app using them because "pornographic" images are everywhere. Like he ^ said.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 06:49

5. Obie-Wan (Posts: 103; Member since: 24 May 2012)

Good move by the way. Its kind of complicated bout 'pornograpic' pics, theres a narrow line between artistic n pornograpic... kinda hard to tell nowadays.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:06

22. Giggity (Posts: 147; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

If it gives you a boner (giggity) then it is porn (giggity), otherwise it's art.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:20 1

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 5000; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

Too bad apple doesn't let adults make up their own minds.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:34

8. Aeires (unregistered)

Now we know why Apple has software coding in iOS to shut down cameras on the iPhones.


posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:50

9. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I cant comment on it because I didnt see the nude pics it had a problem with. If they were artistic...Apple will probably never have a museum app...

This also goes with what I'n been sayign for years about the web browser. Ppl get up in arms about copyrighted material....and yet the web browser is as good as a specific site.

How easier is it to get to nude pics than from the browser? Any safe guards in place for that? If so, why cant apps that also have those safe guards in place be left alone?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 07:55

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Apple may be lying on this one.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:25 2

16. simplyj (Posts: 406; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)

And Tumblr is porn heaven. Why hasn't that one been deleted?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 11:10 2

23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Same goes for twitter.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 19:50

30. ZeroCide (Posts: 785; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

Flickr should be banned too in that case. Apple seems do do what they like randomly as long as it is in Apple's best interest.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 08:46 2

17. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

Umm this is pathetic..the way too allow mature content is by going to the site and logging in and enabling mature content...by default its off...if you going to ban this then you might aswel ban safari as you can find porn even easier.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 09:55 1

20. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Not to rain on your parade, just for the sake of fyi... They can't ban safari because safari is their stock browser, it's integrated into every piece of applicable Apple product. Also, browsers have the freedom to roam through the abundant Web space of the internet without prejudice or prosecution for doing exactly what they were designed to do, which is to display Web pages, which are, in fact, the basic functions. As far as porn goes, that's what the disclaimers are for that only people of ages 18+ May enter, blah, blah, blah, etc. An app doesn't have that safeguard because there probably isn't a proper screening module or system set up to categorize and sort the pictures out. That's why the application was simply designed for people to pretty much "do it themselves" and was running on a "flag it yourself" kind of Web community basis. The last parts are also unbiased speculation, again, I do not know much about this application and going on by what I've read.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 10:18 4

21. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Maybe Apple has stolen it for inclusion in iOS7. They do this all the time don;t they?

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 12:01 3

24. Aeires (unregistered)

I just downloaded this app on my Nexus 4 and in less than 30 seconds, it's clear Apple really dropped the ball on this. Nudes are default off, and the images on this site are really professional grade for the non-nude works posted there. I feel like Apple just took a dump on culture and sophistication with their banning this app. Some of their app store policies make sense but banning such a high quality app leaves me smh.

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 17:01 1

28. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

Last I checked, there was Tumblr app, and I've seen soooo many weird naked pictures on Tumblr. I believe the way this should've been handled was Apple sending a warning to the application, or the submitter of such "pornographic" photos, telling them to remove them or have their account revoked or something, not punish the developers of the app!

posted on 23 Jan 2013, 18:29

29. roscuthiii (Posts: 2241; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)

I get the feeling both companies are being a bit dishonest here. If Apple really found their content questionable, then the zero tolerance police would keep the 500px app from coming back.
And, given this is a world of many people that do things for schlitz & giggles as well as many people that must impose their own sense of morality on others I just can't accept that 500px never ever received even one single complaint.

Something fishy going on here. I'm more inclined to believe the two companies just had a bit of a pissing match.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:28

31. keyeon (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)

Apple should make a nude detection on the camera with a red box and that's what you call innovation.. Lol

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