The popular media-sharing app 500px has made its way back to the App Store, amid a lot of controversy over why it was taken down in the first place. But don’t expect an apology from Apple. It made the developers of 500px make some noteworthy changes to the app, including listing it as only appropriate for users over the age of 17.
“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,” said 500px co-founder Evgeny Tchebotarev in an interview with Mashable.
The app also now includes an option to allow users to flag pictures for inappropriate content, making the process of removing adult and illegal content much easier on the back end.
Of course, people booed and hissed at the original decision to pull 500px, especially because the now-heralded app Vine, which allows users to share videos, has also become rife with pornograhy.
The video-sharing app has a long list of terms and conditions, but it doesn’t appear that sharing graphic content is one of them. Users can report videos as being inappropriate for young viewers, at which point any future user will need to click through a warning message in order to view it – but the video does in fact remain available for viewing.
Vine is a proprietary iOS app, and it has much fanfare surrounding it, especially because of the very tight connection between Apple and Twitter. So if Apple were to pull the plug on this app, it would be completely different than pulling an identical app from some unknown third party.
In fact, many apps have been yanked for offering the exact same kind of service as Vine.
500px was one such app. Now it’s back, but it still had to admit to Apple that it made a mistake. Where is Vine’s confession of the same thing?