Tumblr has confirmed that it pulled its app from the iOS App Store over the discovery of child pornography on the social media network.
The app was initially removed from the App store on November 16. At the time, Tumblr said it was “working to resolve the issue with the iOS app.” In the last few days, Download.com contacted Tumblr about the issue with sources claiming that the reason the app was removed was related to a matter involving child pornography.
Tumblr then issued a new statement which explained that content was discovered during a “routine audit” that wasn’t included in the database it was using to filter out child sex abuse material from appearing on its app.
“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. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database,” Tumblr said in a statement.
Tumblr said it immediately removed the content, but the app is still unavailable on the App store. However, Android users can still find the app in the Google Play store.
“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,” Tumblr said. “As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like [the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] (NCMEC) to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform.”
“Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team,” the Yahoo-owned platform added.
Tumblr hasn’t given a specific time frame for when its app will return to the App Store.