Tumblr was removed from the App Store because of failed child pornography filters

Tumblr’s app for iOS has mysteriously disappeared from the App Store this weekend, possibly due to the appearance of inappropriate content on the social networking site.

Tumblr users have recently complained about several issues on the iOS version of the app. PiunikaWeb spotted that users could not locate the app while the iOS parental control features were enabled. Shortly thereafter, the app seemed to disappear from the App Store for everyone.

In a statement, Tumblr explained that it works closely with partners such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited to actively monitor for content uploaded to its platform. It also said a “routine audit” revealed content that was not yet included in an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, against which Tumblr content is checked.

Apple has adopted a zero-tolerance policy, choosing to pull any app with accessible child pornography even when it may be hard to find and developers are continuously trying to root it out. Another example is in February, when the popular messaging app Telegram was pulled. Apple worked with Telegram to get the illegal content taken down, ban the offending users, and institute controls.