500px photo app returns to iTunes app store following porn allegations

By Daniel Levine,

500px, a popular photo sharing app, is back at the Apple iOS app store. The app had been removed last week due to people complaining about pornographic material being shared on the app.

The new version of the app has a 17+ age requirement and has a “Report” option for users when they see offensive material. Apple also notes that the app contains “Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity.”

“We take the content that appears on our site very seriously," 500px COO Evgeny Tchebotarev wrote on the company’s blog today, reports CNet. “If we find content that is in violation of our terms of use, we remove it immediately from our system and block the user's account. Our policies are clearly defined in our terms of service.”

500px co-founder Oleg Gutsol told TechCrunch that the company worked closely with Apple to make sure the app reached Apple’s standards. Apple has allowed them to include a “Nude” photo category, which is a surprising decision.

Apple was also investigating reports of child pornography on the site, but Tchebotarev told The Verge that did not find any during their investigation.

This problem comes in light of Twitter’s Vine issue concerning porn clips posted by users. Just days after it launched, a porn problem became apparent and an NSFW video became an Editor’s Pick, notes TechCrunch. Twitter later removed the content.

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