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Both the 500px and ISO500 apps (both made by 500px) have been removed from the App Store

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.

Source: TechCrunch

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By Motoman on 1/23/2013 1:42:55 PM , Rating: 5
Hey Apple - there's porn on the internet. You can access it via Safari on your iThing. And there's nothing that can be done about it. There may be untold millions of people, right now, fapping to porn they're looking at on their iThings.

So...suck it.

RE: reality
By ERROR666 on 1/23/2013 1:59:05 PM , Rating: 5
No worries. As the next step they'll ban the internet from their iThings. And then the media players and picture viewers.

May be they should just ban sex altogether?

RE: reality
By Motoman on 1/23/2013 2:03:20 PM , Rating: 4
That would be a fantastic idea...with any luck, within the span of a generation, we'd have rid ourselves of Macolytes.

RE: reality
By xti on 1/23/2013 3:44:18 PM , Rating: 5
half of DT users inadvertently banned sex already,

RE: reality
By elleehswon on 1/23/2013 3:59:58 PM , Rating: 4
you, my good sir, have just won at the internet! +1

RE: reality
By Director12 on 1/23/2013 3:56:56 PM , Rating: 4
I'm surprised they haven't patented it already. Think of the money they could make if they got a royalty payment every time someone had a shag?

RE: reality
By anactoraaron on 1/23/2013 7:43:29 PM , Rating: 2
May be they should just ban sex altogether?

Apple patent pending S130417926- aka the 'co*k block' patent. Patent describes process of removing Apple deemed 'unwanted' gestures and movements from reality. Also used in conjunction with another pending patent S130451728 which applies Apple's censorship to 'other devices' (such as a human body) which will also include iDevices.

RE: reality
By anactoraaron on 1/23/2013 7:46:22 PM , Rating: 2
...Imagine the infringement lawsuits once these patents are approved...

RE: reality
By geekman1024 on 1/24/2013 2:03:54 AM , Rating: 5
apple is the source of all sexual sin.

Adam and Eve got booted out of Eden because they bite into The Apple.

RE: reality
By 440sixpack on 1/23/2013 4:53:39 PM , Rating: 2
This man needs a 6!

RE: reality
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/2013 5:12:31 PM , Rating: 2
This wasn't even porn, but artistic and creative expressions of the female form. Here's more "porn" that is sure to have Jobs rolling in his grave!

RE: reality
By marvdmartian on 1/24/2013 8:59:18 AM , Rating: 4
But...but...but....iGeeks might see bewbies!! *faints*

RE: reality
By Wolfpup on 1/24/2013 9:40:33 AM , Rating: 3
My tolerance for Apple's idiotic "app store" and these types of DRMed up closed stores in general is hitting all time lows.

"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
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