Tumblr reportedly pulled from App Store over child exploitation

25 November, 2018, 15:19 | Author: Kristen Mcgee
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Tumblr is reportedly working to get itself back into the App Store, although we'd certainly hope it will introduce some more advanced filtering tools before this is done. Sources with the knowledge of the matter suggest that the Microsoft Launcher, which is supported by Android versions 4.2 and above, would now be able to let users track how long apps have been running for or how much they are used. But it appears that new, unknown images of child pornography were uploaded to Tumblr sometime last week or earlier that weren't flagged as such. "The apps violated our policies and have been removed from the Play Store".

Apple's iOS guidelines state that any app available in the store must have some type of content filter in order to screen out inappropriate content, and with Tumblr's "Safe Mode" having issues, this seems like a pretty likely scenario. However, it said, the illegal content was discovered during a routine audit. Tumblr, sadly, has become notorious exactly for that type of content that would immediately get you banned on Facebook and Twitter.

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"We're continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve, and there is no higher priority for our team", the statement concludes.

"NCMEC recognizes that global efforts to reduce the proliferation of online child sexual exploitation online requires an industry-wide effort and applauds all [electronic service providers] that engage in voluntary efforts to provide content safeguards for their users". Games listed as malware include Luxury Car Parking, Extreme Car Driving, and Truck Cargo Simulator. Behind the scenes, the apps installed malware and then deleted the app icon at the same time. Google pulled more than 700,000 malicious apps from its app store past year alone, and has tried to improve its back-end to prevent malicious apps from getting into the store in the first place.

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