500px Photo Sharing Application Returns to App Store After Nude Photo Concerns

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Last week, Apple pulled the 500px photo sharing app from the App Store over concerns about "artistic" nude photographs on the service.

Today, according to reports from both TechCrunch and 500px's Twitter feed, the app has returned to the store.

The app returns with an age-gate warning, advising that the content in the app is for 17+ audiences, and also adds a new “Report Photo” button to help users quickly tag things they find offensive for potential removal from the network.

The app still has a category for “Nude” photos for logged in users, however, which is an impressive allowance on Apple’s part

The return of the app follows the removal of Twitter's Vine as an 'Editor's Pick' on the App Store after a pornography scandal on that platform.

500px is a free download on the App Store. [Direct Link]

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101 months ago
Apple needs to step up their game. First, I propose that safari be removed, as of course every single page is full of crazy smut. Next, delete the mail app, as this morning I got a nasty email offering cheap Viagra. Then delete the iBooks app, as there are way to many erotica books. The iTunes store also needs to go, as many songs have sexual lyrics. Think of the children! 5th, I came across how people can send files via bluetooth, so delete that chip just in case, along with the WiFi radio now that I think of it. Finally, iTunes allows people to download files to their iOS device, so to prevent people from loading filthy images and movies, remove the USB port from all apple devices. Sounds like a winner!
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101 months ago

Finally, I thought that everyone was just hating, exactly what I was thinking, and people taking about Safari, Mail etc. come on, Apple is protecting the App Store and making it safe for kids and to give peace of mind to parents, you can always block Safari, Bluetooth and block apps 4+ 9+ 12+ 17+ from within Restrictions.. it's not about porn or nude pictures, it's about makings the App Store safe for kids and to be able to restrict an app that has nude pictures by parental control.

If people want porn, they can find it anywhere they want, just not the App Store, I don't have kids, but this makes a lot of sense since kids now days only want tablets/cell phones/gaming consoles and that would make the parents to choose Apple products over something else that are not so concern about porn or nudity.


Glad they are making it safe for kids, but it isn't enough. Apple need to invent a mirror that detects nudity and blocks it so kids can be completely protected from the human form. God forbid they see themselves nude. It might corrupt their wittle minds!
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101 months ago

I don't see why it's so "impressive" that apple would allow it considering that people can find the exact same content via safari. Or even R rated movies in the itunes store. Or "adult" books via iBooks (just look at the books top ten).

It's not surprising they would allow it. It was more "shocking" it was removed in the first place.
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101 months ago
Are people intentionally missing the whole point of the removal just to hate on Apple? This was not about the nude content, it was that the app was rated safe for kids. Without the correct content identifiers the app could be downloaded by minors even if a parent had enabled age restrictions. Apple took the appropriate response when pulling the app, and was similarly appropriate when putting it back.
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101 months ago

Finally, I thought that everyone was just hating, exactly what I was thinking, and people taking about Safari, Mail etc. come on, Apple is protecting the App Store and making it safe for kids and to give peace of mind to parents, you can always block Safari, Bluetooth and block apps 4+ 9+ 12+ 17+ from within Restrictions.. it's not about porn or nude pictures, it's about makings the App Store safe for kids and to be able to restrict an app that has nude pictures by parental control.

If people want porn, they can find it anywhere they want, just not the App Store, I don't have kids, but this makes a lot of sense since kids now days only want tablets/cell phones/gaming consoles and that would make the parents to choose Apple products over something else that are not so concern about porn or nudity.


Except you had to go to the 500px website, create an account, then disable "safe search" to "accidentally" view such material on the first place. If you are smart enough to do all that, you are smart enough to be responsible to respect your parents limits ON YOUR OWN. Apple doesn't need to MISLABEL an app's age rating just because a kid "could" do something...

If that's the case, I want calculator.app banned for spelling "5318008"
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101 months ago

Yeah-yuh!

More importantly, access to Camera.app should be restricted to adults only. Imagine all the stupid crap minors take photos and videos of!!! Even worse they could take a photo of THEIR OWN JUNK, because they are not supervised 24x7, and post it on one of these sites! Can you believe we let minors use MIRRORS unsupervised... The depravity!!!!

Apple should also build a sensor into the voice recorder so cursing isn't transmitted over the phone lines or recorded unless both sides have the "adults only" flag set.
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