500px and ISO500 apps taken down from App Store

Two tailored-for-professional-photographer apps were taken down from App Store recently, following after alleged complaints touching up on how they breach the App Store’s policy terms.

In a report published by TechCrunch, the 500px and ISO500 apps were taken down after a reviewer “flagged” the 500px app for objectionable content, which led Apple into assessing the validity of the complaint.


In its assessment, Apple is noted to have ultimately found how the app’s easily facilitated access to nude images, to which users could easily find using the applications’ default, built-in search features. Given 500px’s ties with another app, ISO500, both apps were eventually taken down from App Store, with 500px being online in the app marketplace venue for more than 16 months.

As an application, 500px is the app companion for the 500px online community for photographers, with the application garnering more than one million downloads.

Apple is reported to have issued the following statement, in relation to the apps’ takedown: “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.”

The proponents of the app have argued that the content featured in their apps are not “pornographic”, but rather artistic photographs taken by 500px’s community members.

There has yet been any updates regarding the matter as of writing, but the situation does say a lot about how Apple takes complaints seriously, particularly with where the violation of their App Store policies are concerned.

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