There’s been so much brouhaha over Apple’s every changing policies on questionable content. This was magnified last week by the Editor’s Choice award bestowed upon video sharing app Vine, during the same week 500px had their app pulled from the App Store for nudity. Be it the flow of natural change or public pressure, Vine is no longer highlighted as one of their recommendations, despite their doing a good job of cleaning up their app. Now we get word that 500px has risen from the ashes with a 17+ in tow for their return to the App Store.
To download the app, you need to be 17 years or older as the warning indicates that it is rated for having Frequent/Intense Sexual Content or Nudity. There are a number of apps that offer browse capability of the 500px website, yet those are still rated at 12+.
Apple seems bent on policing the App Store, but their policies remain increasingly frustrating for developers due to the inconsistency. If 500px was owned by Twitter, would it have been pulled from the App Store? The changes to Vine were likely due to public pressure, but maybe a phone call was placed by Apple? Instead of pulling apps, there should be a rational response and discussion.
500px is available as a free download in the App Store.