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Apple removes 500px app over 'child porn complaints'

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Apple has removed the 500px photography application from its App Store over allegations it is being used to host child pornography.

The Canadian app has racked up more than one million downloads on the storefront but the Cupertino firm has now claimed it violates its terms and conditions.

'500px' screenshot

© 500px

'500px' screenshot

© 500px



In a statement explaining why the app was removed, Apple pointed to its inclusion of nude images and said that it has received complaints from users about possible child pornography.

"The app was removed from the App Store for featuring pornographic images and material, a clear violation of our guidelines," said an Apple spokesperson. "We also received customer complaints about possible child pornography.

"We've asked the developer to put safeguards in place to prevent pornographic images and material in their app."

500px has responded by defending its policies, pointing out that the only nude images on the service are "artistic" in nature and can be filtered out using the programme's search function.

"We don't allow pornographic images," 500px's chief operating officer Evgeny Tchebotarev told TechCrunch. "If something is purely pornographic, it's against our terms and it's deleted."

500px is also available for Android devices via Google Play, but Google is yet to confirm whether it will be pulled for its storefront.

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