The Tumblr app has been removed from the iOS App Store, with the company confirming that it is working on resolving an issue with it. It is unclear if Apple removed the app from the App Store or Tumblr itself took down the app.
The app seemed to have gone missing from the App Store earlier this week. Many users were having issues while searching inside the app with Safe Mode off. They tried to fix the issue by uninstalling and reinstalling the app which was when they discovered that it was missing from the App Store. Some users have managed to work around this issue by downloading the app from the Purchased section of the App Store, though this trick is not working for everyone.
It is unclear why Tumblr was removed from the App Store and for what reason. It is also unclear if Apple was the one to remove the app or Tumblr itself took it down. It is rumored that with search functionality broken, Apple took down the app because it served NSFW content to users which goes against the App Store’s guidelines. Apple had previously removed Telegram from the App Store since it was being used to share child pornography.
Whatever the case might be, with Tumblr acknowledging the missing app from the App Store, it is likely that we will see it make its return sooner than later.
Update: Tumblr was removed from the App Store for serving child pornography. There’s no word from Tumblr as to when the app would return to the App Store but it has at least acknowledged the reason for its removal.
“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform. Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform.
A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”