Nude Photos Prompt Apple to Remove 500px from iTunes App Store

Article from Chase Jarvis Blog

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Apple abruptly removed the mega-popular 500px from the iTunes App store today citing the fact that users can search for photos with featured nudity.

I caught up with 500px CEO and co-founder Oleg Gutsol for a comment:

“Apple’s problem with the app is essentially that it was too easy to find nude photos by using the search function of the app. That functionality has been there since the beginning of our development of the app. This functionality previously has been something you had to explicitly enable “show new content” on you account online. But that was not strict enough for Apple. They voiced concern earlier – so we created the opt in feature – but then last night things changed. We’re working with them on it and I’m hoping by the end of the day it will be fixed. The result will be that no new content will be searchable on the iOs platform. Android apps will stay the same. Google has not expressed concerns.” – Oleg Gutsol

The 500px app has amassed nearly 1 million downloads over the past 16 months and 80M page views per day.
Ironically, Oleg was on an important episode of chasejarvisLIVE last year: The Evolution of Your Creative Rights with the ASMP and Larry Lessig.
We’re sending Oleg and his team the best of luck.


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