Tumblr disappears from App Store after discovery of child pornography

Doris Richards
November 21, 2018

Even though Tumblr might have removed the offending content, it is still not yet known until when the app will continue to be missing from the App Store.

As a workaround for anyone who might have deleted it, Digital Trends suggested navigating to the Purchased section in the App Store and reinstalling the app from there, which it said has had mixed results.

This is its first time being removed from the App Store in the U.S. However, Tumblr has always been criticized for hosting questionable NSFW material, with a small, but still significant part of its content being pornographic in nature. Firstly, it says that the App Store has too many apps with similar behaviour.

Tumblr has released a statement in a blog post, saying that they "are still working to resolve the issue with the iOS app". That led some to speculate Apple removed the app due to inappropriate content, something the tech giant has done to numerous apps before. We're still working on the issue with the iOS app.

However, Download.com learned what really happened-proving the speculations were right.

In a statement, the blogging platform explained that its filters failed to remove the objectionable content and that the app hasn't yet returned to the App Store.

The team then went into how they usually go about site safety, including image scans: "Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform". However, it said, the illegal content was discovered during a routine audit.

"We're committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse", a company spokesperson told CNET. Apple had previously removed Telegram from the App Store since it was being used to share child pornography.

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