WhatsApp Sticker Apps Reportedly Being Removed From App Store

Joanna Estrada
November 21, 2018

Tumblr has been removed from Apple's iOS App Store after sick child pornography was found on the social networking service. Now, we're starting to get answers.

It's not every day that an app as well known as Tumblr vanishes from the App Store.

Citing PiunikaWeb, The Verge reports that Tumblr was delisted from the iOS App Store on November 16, although it was not clear why until Tumblr released a statement on Monday explaining the situation.

In October, WhatsApp announced in a blog post that it is adding support for third-party developers to build sticker apps for WhatsApp for both Android and iOS users. I already have the app on my phone, and didn't notice a disruption over the weekend, and any user who'd already downloaded the app may find it in the "Purchased" section of the App Store's settings. That led some to speculate Apple removed the app due to inappropriate content, something the tech giant has done to numerous apps before. They tried to fix the issue by uninstalling and reinstalling the app which was when they discovered that it was missing from the App Store.

However, Download.com learned what really happened-proving the speculations were right. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms.

In its statement, it said that all images uploaded to Tumblr pass through a database of "known child sexual abuse material".

Earlier this year, the Indonesian government temporarily blocked Tumblr after it didn't respond to requests to remove pornographic content. Tumblr, sadly, has become notorious exactly for that type of content that would immediately get you banned on Facebook and Twitter.

Tumblr explains that it has always been working to create a safe online environment and has collaborated with "peers and partners" to monitor uploaded content.

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