500px is a great app that allows photographers to share shots. However, after a 16-month run in the App Store it was removed recently by Apple after receiving complaints because of the ability to search for nude photos on the app.
Apple notified 500px of its removal after an iOS update was submitted this week. The app was not designed to be a source for topless stills according to 500px COO, Evgeny Tchebotarev. He explained to TechCrunch that the search engine in the app, by default, is set to safe and in order to include nude photos in searches the user must log in to the 500px website to change the setting.
In an official statement, Apple explained the app's removal: "The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines. 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."
Nevertheless, spirits are still high at 500px; employee @Alexflint tweeted: "Just a reminder, while @500px's iOS app has been removed by Apple, our Android app is still readily available :-)"
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