Apple recently pulled the 500px app from the iOS App Store and while it may be easy for Android users to casually sit back and watch, it appears as if the app may also be breaking the rules in the Google Play Store. We would hate to see the app pulled and we are certainly not the ones that will be making the decision, however according to Google, they “don’t allow content that contains nudity” in the store. Well, let us just say that you can find nude images rather quickly and easily using the 500px app.
In a quick test, we launched the app, tapped the People category and found the first. Nothing over the top, certainly not pornography, but a nude image nonetheless. Keep in mind, this didn’t even involve any searching. The picture was in plain site. We should also point out that this was from a fresh install of the app and at a stage where we were not logged in. The 500px app was downloaded, installed and launched — just as any average user would do.
Based on this it seems fairly certain that some creative searching or hunting around would only lead to other nude images. Touching back on the removal from the iOS App Store, Google seems to have similar rules against nudity. Not to mention, against child pornography. According to the Google Play Business and Program Policies;
“We don’t allow content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material. We also don’t allow content that drives traffic to commercial pornography sites.
Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child pornography. If we become aware of content with child pornography, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution.”
The key here, and the reason as to why 500px could also be removed from Google Play — child pornography. But let us clarify — we are not suggesting the app supports child pornography. In fact, we believe the opposite. But the complaint that had the 500px app removed from the iOS App Store included “customer complaints about possible child pornography.” Seems the person, or people responsible for making those complaints must not be an Android user.