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Tumblr has disappeared from Apple's App Store and nobody knows why

Tumblr: The place where anxious individuals all over the world go out, start discussions, share fun GIFS and reblog cute…

Tumblr: The place where anxious individuals all over the world go out, start discussions, share fun GIFS and reblog cute decorations that are, as well, so completely aesthetic.

Representing a new source of anxiety for Tumblr users, the Tumblr app has disappeared from Apple’s App Store, which means that those who deleted the app from their iPhone and want to reinstall if they can no longer do it.

Not only that, but some users who have still installed the iOS app have found that they can not now turn off Tumblr’s “safe mode” while browsing blogs, which means that many now can not display content intended for users over 18 years.

Tumblr has released a statement in a blog post saying that they are still working to resolve the issue of the iOS app. Meanwhile, unhappy users have gone to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction when the app disappeared:


Troublesome speculation

Some people have speculated that the reason for Tumblr’s sudden disappearance from the App Store is more about Apple’s “Objectionable Content” guidelines than a random error or a human error – it can explain why users who still have the app can not search for 18+ content.

Apple’s definition of inappropriate content is rather vague, including anything that is “offensive, insensitive, outrageous, intended to disgust or in exceptionally bad taste”.

With a large number of blogs that send content related to artistic or “aesthetic nudity” (and many more dedicated to straight-up erotica), the impact on the blog can be huge if Apple has considered the app to be inappropriate to appear on App Store.

Via Gizmodo

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