500px is a simple photo sharing startup that used to be available from the iTunes App Store, however that seems to be no more as Apple have now removed the application from the App Store for providing access to nude photos.
This is an extreme move from the App Store review team who were in discussions with the developer of the app the night before, during which time they explained that access to nude photos was breaking their rules, what I am not sure of however is why this new-found rule has not been applied to services like Tumblr or Twitter whose services are littered with pornographic material.
A spokesman from Apple stated the following about the 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.”
In order to try to get around this the service had enabled a safe search mode ass default which could only be turned off through the developer’s website, explaining that pornographic images are not allowed on the service and that the nude photos they currently serve are only meant to be artistic.
During their conversation 500px actually stated that they would be making changes but still Apple removed the app that has so far received over a million downloads after first hitting the App Store in 2011.
The service can still be accessed through the web and Android application, but of course for some that isn’t enough.
To be honest it seems as if Apple are making one rule for one developer and not enforcing them on others.