After getting pulled from the App Store about a week ago, the 500px app is back, but with a warning this time. Now when you download and install the app, you have to acknowledge that you’re over 17 and that there could be nudity in the app. A simple move that would keep kids from loading the app without their parents’ permission, but maybe overkill?
While this is great news for fans of 500px (because the app update did get a few improvements), in discussions with The Verge and other sites, co-founder Evgeny Tchebotarev pointed out that Vine still has a 12+ rating and an internal audit of all 500px images found no pornography—child or otherwise—on the platform/site. According to 500px, Apple hasn’t provided them with the images that got them into trouble last week either.
The problem, as I said yesterday, is the hypocrisy of Apple’s handling of Vine’s real porn problem and 500px’s alleged porn problem. Vine didn’t even get a slap on the wrist (as far as we know), they aren’t an Editor’s Choice, but since the news went crazy about the issue, I doubt it hurt downloads at all.
So 500px is back in the App Store. Now with this warning: You must be at least 17 years old to download this application.
Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity, which is fine, we can deal. Let’s hope, however, that the issues with Vine and the issues with 500px start a little discussing within Apple about how these things are handled in the future.