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]
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.
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!
They should just remove the screen and cameras too – for the same reasons. Oh – and since you can get obscene phonecalls – take that 3G/4G/LTE chip right out of there!
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.
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.