Discovery of child pornography leads to Tumblr's removal from Apple's App Store

November 23, 2018 by Joel Shannon, Usa Today

The social networking service Tumblr announced Monday that its iOS app had been removed from Apple's App Store after child sexual abuse content had been found on the platform during a routine audit.

The platform first announced an undisclosed issue with the iOS app on Friday. Monday's update said Tumblr uses an "industry database" to prevent the distribution of illicit content; however, the content that was discovered had not yet been included in that database.

Apple requires iOS apps to have content filters to prevent the distribution of child pornography, The Verge reported.

"We're committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse ... We immediately removed this content," Tumblr's statement read.

Tumblr has a reputation as a platform with a permissive attitude towards adult content. The governments of Indonesia and South Korea have sparred with Tumblr over its handling of sexual content, the BBC reported.

Tumblr's statement gave no timeline for when the app may be restored to the App Store.

Apple did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment.

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veridicus1
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For a rational and fair minded scientific journal discussion of the issues in this news story, Google "Effects on Boy-Attracted Pedosexual Males of Viewing Boy Erotica"

Regarding "harm," Google "The Missing Mechanism of Harm"

You can also Google "Childhood 'Innocence' is Not Ideal:"

For a scientific journal discussion of "Willingness," especially as it relates to boys, Google "boyandro" or "The Role of Androphilia in the Psychosexual Development of Boys".

A downloadable 94 page book is available free by Googling "Beyond Hysteria: Boy Erotica on the Internet".

For an even more in-depth examination, Google "Myths of Childhood Sexuality"

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