After the 500px app was pulled from the App Store last week, I was glad to see it this morning in my updates list.
Given the few comments from 500px, clearly they have been heads down to get issues resolved to satisfaction. According to GigaOm’s Erica Ogg there were three things required by Apple for 500px to get their apps back in the App Store:
500px has been updated with three fixes requested by Apple’s app reviewers, including a tweak that will prevent queries for explicit image searches from producing results, adding a function for users to report inappropriate content, and the addition of a 17+ age rating on the app.
After my previous post, an Apple spokesperson made a statement which was reported in TechCrunch and others:
The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines.
I have used 500px for sometime, and although I have seen artistic nudity, I have never seen anything approaching pornography. I wouldn’t want my images associated with any service that knowingly hosted pornography, and would likely drop my membership.
I wonder how long Apple had been talking to 500px prior to pulling the app. On the surface, it appears that double standards may apply, as reported by the SMH:
Apple allows apps from such big-name social platforms as Twitter, Vine, Tumblr and Pinterest to remain in its App Store even though they contain adult content. Yet it has knocked off other lesser-known sites from its store because of “pornographic images and material”.
I don’t believe any other company should enforce censorship standards that are over and above those of the western world.