Tumblr booted from Apple App Store over child pornography uploads


Mobile apps come and go but when popular ones like Tumblr suddenly disappear without a trace much less a warning, people naturally start asking questions.

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And not just generic mature content, mind, but explicit media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. And still, there are those that said they couldn't disable the network's Safe Mode, which would have allowed them to see more mature content from blogs.

In brief: When microblogging site Tumblr had its official iOS app removed from the App Store a few days ago, the company would only say that it was "working to resolve an issue" with the application. That's a huge no-no for nearly all sites and services, even those catering to the NSFW industry. "A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database", the company continued.

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"We continue to work to restore our app to the iOS App Store", declared Tumblr in a statement.

However, the industry database used to monitor for child pornography did not manage to spot or stop the content which forced the withdrawal of the app based on Apple's terms and conditions, which deem "expressions of abuse, offensive language or images, obscenity or pornography (including but not limited to child abuse or child pornography, and/or depictions of minors engaged in sexual conduct or explicitly sexual situations)" unacceptable. It is also unclear if Apple was the one to remove the app or Tumblr itself took it down.

'We immediately removed this content.We're continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team'.