500px's Photo Sharing App Pulled From App Store Over Nude Photos

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    As TechCrunch reports, Apple has pulled photo sharing app 500px for iOS from the App Store because of concerns over nude photos. Though the company says that its recent acquisition ISO500 for 500px from Pulpfingers was also removed from the App Store, it remains available for download.

    500px is a popular website for both professional and amateur photographers, and according to 500px COO Evgeny Tchebotarev, the company's mobile apps have been downloaded by more than a million users. TechCrunch has a rundown on what happened:
    According to Tchebotarev, 500px does not allow explicit pornographic images, and he explains that most of the nude images on 500px are "artistic."

    Though the app has been in the App Store for 16 months, it runs off of the 500px site, which is currently limited to community moderation for inappropriate photos. 500px is working on a solution that will automatically flag questionable photos to prevent them from appearing in searches, but the technology is not yet finished.

    Flickr, Tumblr, and other photo sites that function in the same way, with user-based moderation, remain available in the App Store.

    500px has created a fix to address the nude photo issue, which has already been submitted to Apple and could result in the return of the apps to the App Store shortly.

    Article Link: 500px's Photo Sharing App Pulled From App Store Over Nude Photos
     
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    So when are Apple going to pull the Flickr app?

    Flickr has tons of nude photo groups, often more explicit than the 500px variety.
     
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    So, apple: who don't you block the interwebs? put a nice wall around it..?
    i don't need a nanny, and especially not a prude like apple.
     
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    They should pull Safari too. There are tons of "nude" pictures in it.
     
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    Exactly
     
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    Damn, I was hoping MacRumors would post thumbnails of these nude photos so the internet can be the judge of what's obscene online. :(
     
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    I figured this was going to happen sooner or later!
     
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    Apple Inc. They're more about the apps, less about the areolas.
     
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    Yeah, this is the problem when you apply the "But the app can show nude photos!" mentality. You can easily get Flipboard full of nudity too. Just subscribe to RSS feeds with nudity. Oh no, it actually supports doing this?! How horrible... :p

    This app submission rule should really only apply to apps with a specific goal of showing erotica. 500px's goal is showing art and photos. Flickr's too. Same with Flipboard. Or Twitter. They all support showing erotic photos, but it's not a narrowed down goal.
     
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    Does that mean I can't wank anymore when waiting on the train?
     
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    Calling tumblr moderated, is like calling the Wild West a "Peaceful Community".
     
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    Sounds like Apple would succeed better if they just blocked the internet from their devices. But even then, people can still take pictures of nudes.

    Talk about fighting a pointless battle.
     
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    You still can, but you can't use your iPhone as a...er...supplemental tool anymore. You'll have to bring a magazine.

    ...LIKE THE REST OF US! :mad:
     
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    Ahh the Apple app store....king of ambiguous and ill enforced rules.
     
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    It's nice to see Apple upholding their quality control on not only hardware but also software and apps, but I hope it doesn't get to the point (if not already) where they become too restrictive and controlling. They have every right to do so, but that can't be good. It's probably also the reason people call iOS "closed."
     
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    Maybe it was because of the 4+ age rating it had?
     
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    LOL! Apple doesn't like naked women? Or maybe they don't like art?
     
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    I just go on Flickr and look up "TI--... I mean A FRIEND OF MINE just goes on Flickr and looks up "TITS".
     
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    They can't pull every app that could possibly show nudity, instagram, Flickr and many others would disappear too.
     
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