Apple Removed a Photo App from the App Store Because Artistic Nudity Is the Devil or Something

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500px, one of the best iPad apps for finding great pictures, was pulled from the App Store today because Apple is Tobias Funke never nude-levels of prudish when it comes to the naked body. Apparently, the app made it too easy to find pictures with nudity in them so it got kicked out.

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500px was notified of the issue when it tried to get an update to the 500px for iOS app updated. Apple said that the updated couldn't be approved because users could search for nude pictures in the app. What's weird is that 500px actually makes it difficult to do so—the app's search engine is "safe" by default. If you want to unlock the safe search, you'd have to log in to the 500px website to make the change. That seems entirely reasonable.

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Apple's official statement, as relayed to TechCrunch, accuses 500px of something much more nefarious though:

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.

Yeah, we know. No porn allowed in the App Store. Whatever. But it's not like 500px is a cesspool for hardcore pornography. The pictures that you come across in 500px are more artistic than anything you can find on the Internet. 500px isn't the eighth page of Google Search Results or some lonely kid's fetish Tumblr. It's one of the most elegant photo apps on iOS and Apple kicked it out of the App Store because of a couple of boobies. Nice. [TechCrunch]

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I'm one of the rare guys who's straight, happily married and doesn't have a desire to look at the nudity of other woman and porn isn't really my thing. Let's just say my wife keeps me pretty satisfied.... but... with that said. Damn does this piss me off.

a) Parents need to freaking parent. put password protection on your kids devices.

b) Some company shouldn't be deciding whether or not adults should see nipples (nipples, every bodies got some). Stop policing people! - Yes I do realize that Apple doesn't read these comments.

c) This is clearly a photography app, not a porn app. Yes there are baby milk producing fleshy parts... but although I don't feel the need too view said images... I can see the art in the human form and am inspired by some of the nude art (painting) that preceded this medium. So I don't see a major difference between some of the great nude paints and skillfully well composed nude photography.