News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday January 22, 2013.
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Photo-sharing service 500px says that its iOS apps were removed from the Apple App Store because of concerns that iPhone and iPad owners who download the apps could use it to discover nude photos. Both the main 500px for iOS and the ISO500 apps, which have a combined 1 million downloads, were removed because Apple objected to the app's search function that allows users to find photos depicting nude subjects.
As Techcrunch notes, the reason Apple chose to pull the app is surprising given that 500px defaults to a safe search that prevents nudity from appearing in search results. In order to turn off the default SafeSearch mode, users would have to visit 500px.com and proactively choose to enable those types of images. 500px does not allow pornography, so an image uploaded to the site would have to be "artistic" rather than raunchy. Furthermore, someone could easily find pornography by searching other approved iOS apps like Tumblr, Twitter, or Safari.
500px COO Evgeny Tchebotarev tells Techcrunch that his company informed Apple it would take only a day to make it even harder for users to discover nudity in the app, but Apple chose to remove both 500px and ISO500 instead of waiting for a new app to be submitted. The 500px iOS apps were removed but a new version has already been submitted to Apple for approval.source: Techcrunch
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