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Apple Pulls 500px App for Allowing Easy Access to Nude Pics

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Photography application was available for nearly 16 months.

500px, a popular photography application for iOS, has been removed from the Apple App Store by the Cupertino firm based on allegations that it allowed easy access to nude photos.

"The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines," Apple said in a statement. "We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography. We've asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app."

500px has maintained its innocence, with the firm never hosting purely pornographic pictures, with the nude images which are published being artistic in nature and not vulgar.

"We don’t allow pornographic images. If something is purely pornographic, it’s against our terms and it’s deleted," said 500px COO Evgeny Tchebotarev. The company continued: "We take the issue of child pornography incredibly seriously. There has never been an issue or one complaint to us about child pornography. Although it has never happened, a complaint of this nature would be taken very seriously and would immediately be escalated to appropriate law enforcement agency. In all our conversations with Apple a concern about child exploitation was never mentioned."

500px, which has been downloaded over a million times, relies on its users to flag inappropriate images, but also offers an opt-out policy for nude images, which is enabled by default. The app itself has been available on iOS for nearly 16 months.

 

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    dark_knight33 , January 24, 2013 4:11 AM
    Also: Well, at least you're safe from the sight of a boob. *gasp*
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    wolley74 , January 24, 2013 4:11 AM
    based on allegations that it allowed easy access to nude photos.


    so does safari, better pull it from iOS
  • 18 Hide
    abbadon_34 , January 24, 2013 5:55 AM
    Best way to ban pornagraphy: claim child porn.

    Best way to shutdown any piece of the internet: claim child porn.
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    dark_knight33 , January 24, 2013 4:09 AM
    How's that "app approval" process working for you now Apple fans? No malware, but also no choice what-so-ever in what you want to install. Reminds me of being a parent. I suppose you could jail-break and load up cydia, or you know, just get a real phone like a SGS3. ;) 
  • 21 Hide
    dark_knight33 , January 24, 2013 4:11 AM
    Also: Well, at least you're safe from the sight of a boob. *gasp*
  • 19 Hide
    wolley74 , January 24, 2013 4:11 AM
    based on allegations that it allowed easy access to nude photos.


    so does safari, better pull it from iOS
  • 9 Hide
    dauntekong , January 24, 2013 4:21 AM
    Boy: "Siri, Please show me your boobs..."

    Siri: "Please wait while I search for my private photo... Here you go..."

    *SHOWS NAKED FAT CHICK WITH IPHONE BETWEEN OPEN THIGHS"

    Boy: *VOMITS* "OMG!"
  • 13 Hide
    dark_wizzie , January 24, 2013 5:02 AM
    ...And what is wrong with pornography?
  • 16 Hide
    jankeke , January 24, 2013 5:35 AM
    Is Apple trying to turn people into asexual drones ?
  • 13 Hide
    virtualban , January 24, 2013 5:50 AM
    Hmmm... a browser allows me to find pornography rather easily too...
  • 18 Hide
    abbadon_34 , January 24, 2013 5:55 AM
    Best way to ban pornagraphy: claim child porn.

    Best way to shutdown any piece of the internet: claim child porn.
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    eiskrystal , January 24, 2013 7:14 AM
    I went on their site and found this http://500px.com/photo/4272858

    In a way, more disturbing than boobs.


  • 6 Hide
    jankeke , January 24, 2013 7:21 AM
    eiskrystalI went on their site and found this http://500px.com/photo/4272858In a way, more disturbing than boobs.

    A kid with a toy gun ? That's hardly a disturbing or uncommon sight.
  • 5 Hide
    JackFrost860 , January 24, 2013 7:43 AM
    Why is Apple so anti-porn? I mean its not like the app is forced on consumers; it's not even marketed or intended for that use, it just a side affect.
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    JackFrost860 , January 24, 2013 7:49 AM
    dark_knight33How's that "app approval" process working for you now Apple fans? No malware, but also no choice what-so-ever in what you want to install. Reminds me of being a parent. I suppose you could jail-break and load up cydia, or you know, just get a real phone like a SGS3.

    Why does there have to be a war between people that simple choose to buy a different brand phone. If you want Android then buy Android; if someone whats to buy WP8 or iP5 then the Androids attack! Give it a rest will you!
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    davidgermain , January 24, 2013 8:13 AM
    JackFrost860Why does there have to be a war between people that simple choose to buy a different brand phone. If you want Android then buy Android; if someone whats to buy WP8 or iP5 then the Androids attack! Give it a rest will you!


    I don't think that's what he meant. your been a troll. you must have missed the "you could jail-break and load up cydia"
    Or the point of Apple making decisions for its users, or the possible violation of the US constitution regarding free speech and freedoms. 500 need to test this in court. or as the other comments suggest - apple need to remove all apps and tech that could be used to create distribute porn. i bet they have no issues with else where.
    i wonder if Apple have there own photo sharing app coming out soon, and they need to remove some competition?
  • 5 Hide
    chocostain , January 24, 2013 8:27 AM
    Apple is going down the drain. They will probably look for someone else to sue after this.
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    shqtth , January 24, 2013 9:26 AM
    Its my device and I can view what the F I want on it as long as its legal.... And WTF. who would view porn on the iPhone? the screen its too small Thats what a pc or laptop is for !!!


    Anyways, Apple sucks. Period . Way too controlling.


    I learned my lesson big time with the Iphone 3G. Wont repeat that mistake.

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    shqtth , January 24, 2013 9:29 AM
    Porn on the iPhone? who cares. Kids should not have an iPhone anyways.
    And adults are smart enough to view what they don't want to view.
    Leave kids playing on crappy tablets since they break everything.
    Apple products are too expensive for kids to use, and expensive to replace if broken.


    Apple is scared the iPhone be labeled as iPorn.
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    shqtth , January 24, 2013 9:31 AM
    Parents do not have to install this App on Kids iPod Touch.

    It doesn't have to be up to Apple. There could always be a warning in the disclaimer of the app, so parents who install the app knows.
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    Anonymous , January 24, 2013 9:38 AM
    Nude is not porno. Huge difference.

    I dont get why people get so uptight over everything. If you dont like something, dont use it. Stop complaining and ruining stuff that most never had a problem with.

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    house70 , January 24, 2013 9:55 AM
    blackhemi4x4Nude is not porno. Huge difference.I dont get why people get so uptight over everything. If you dont like something, dont use it. Stop complaining and ruining stuff that most never had a problem with.

    Same uptight pseudo-religious society that allows violent movies that show dismemberment and other things a dime a dozen as perfectly appropriate. God forbid there is a sexual theme in there, though.
    Hypocrites.
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    jn77 , January 24, 2013 11:34 AM
    And yet they promote killing in 75% of their approved games....... You were born naked..... your parents where naked when the did what they did so you would be here to read this crap...... and yet seeing naked people is against the law........
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