Apple pulls Tumblr from App Store for hosting child pornography

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"Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms", Tumblr says.

While Apple has yet to comment on the matter, it appears that child pornography that got past Tumblr may have violated Apple App Store guidelines, resulting in the removal of the app.

Representing a new source of angst for Tumblr users, the Tumblr app has seemingly disappeared from Apple's App Store, meaning those who deleted the app from their iPhone and want to reinstall it can no longer do so. It is unclear if Apple removed the app from the App Store or Tumblr itself took down the app.

On Monday evening, it was confirmed that the reason was due to alleged problems with "child sexual exploitation and abuse" on the platform, which managed to slip through Tumblr's filters.

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It wasn't until a routine audit that Tumblr discovered that photos that were not in the database had made it online. The content was immediately removed from the platform. To make it even worse, it was child porn. "We're continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team". For that matter, they have collaborated with partners like the National Center for Missing and Exploited to monitor the content posted on the platform.

Tumblr updated users on the status of its availability with a post Friday and an update Saturday.

Social networking app Tumblr has been removed from Apple's online App Store after child pornography was found to be visible through the app. It was also told in 2017 by the South Korean government to remove similar adult content.

Regarding the child pornography part, my opinion about those generating such content and those viewing it is not something to talk about, but you can check out some Cannibal Corpse songs to get the idea.