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Apple Gets Its Panties in a Bunch Over Nude Photos on 500px App

Apple pulled the 500px photography app from its App Store yesterday, complaining that it’s too easy for users to find nude pictures.

500px is a photographic community that lets users share artistic and inspiring pictures. It has been available in the App Store since October 2011 with no complaints, but when 500px wanted to release an updated version of the app for iOS, Apple put a quick stop to it and removed the app from its store for iOS.

“The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines,” said Apple 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 disagrees with Apple’s complaints. According to the Toronto-based startup, nude photos are not easy to find on its app at all. A user cannot simply launch the app and find nude photos. The app is defaulted to a safe search mode, where any nude photos are automatically hidden, and in order to turn the safe search off, users must go to their desktop to personally request the change.

Also, 500px noted that the nude photos on its app are not pornographic. They are artistic nudes that are similar to those one might find in a museum or art gallery. It is against 500px’s rules to upload pornographic images, and if someone in the community breaks these rules, the image is flagged and removed.

However, 500px said it had been working on new safeguards for preventing pornographic images. It works kind of like facial recognition technology, where pornographic images are taken out of search results right away. In fact, 500px said the technology is just about done and ready to be submitted.

But Apple couldn’t wait any longer, and decided to single 500px out among the other photo-sharing apps (Tumblr, Instagram). Both the 500px and ISO500 apps (both made by 500px) have been removed from the App Store. 500px is hoping they’ll return now that the new technology for detecting nudes is nearly finished.

Back in 2010, Apple was granted a patent to block sexting on its iPhone.

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