Apple’s App Store is actively moderated. That is simply a fact of operating on iOS that developers and users have learned to live with over the past few years. There have been times where Apple’s judgement has been called in to question before, and Apple has typically yielded to the desires of their customers.
One of the quickest ways to get an app pulled or blocked from the App Store is to allow users to access pornography. Steve Jobs himself wanted the iPad to be “porn-free.” 500px, a popular website for photography (more along the lines of this, not that), recently had their iPhone app pulled from the Store. In addition, controversy has arisen surrounding Vine, a new way to share video, for similar reasons. (more…)