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500px Photo App Is Back in App Store with a Flag Button for Adult Content

Last week, when Apple removed the 500px photo app the decision caused a lot of fuss with many users and app developers complaining about store inequalities. Now, the 500px photo app is back in the App Store but it comes with imposed changes, such as a flag button for porn and other inappropriate content.

The photo app was removed from the App Store because it was too easy to find nude and porn content. The complaints Apple had included “possible child pornography” on top of the overall “pornographic images and material”. The developer says that’s not the case and had a week to integrate the required safeguards.

500px is now labeled in the App Store as appropriate only for ages 17 and up. It also comes with a report button that will help users flag inappropriate content. In an interview with Mashable, the company’s COO explained the 17+ rating wasn’t an appealing change, but the team got in line with the request just to get the app back in the store. “It’s not an accurate statement for our app and for new users, it could turn them off if they think the app has content it doesn’t have” the COO explained of the rating.

The report button was one of Apple’s requests and might make the app’s functionality a bit slower since it will be just a bit harder to find the desired content. However, if you’ve checked off the “Adult content” box the changes shouldn’t affect your queries.

“We take the content that appears on our site very seriously” said Evgeny Tchebotarev, COO of 500px, in a recent blog post. “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” the blog post also reads.

Now that the 500px photo app is back in App Store, Tchebotarev says they are “really glad [to] continue a good working relationship with Apple”. “They are such a big company, not having them as a partner can really make or break a startup and we saw that firsthand” he added.

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