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Third-party Reddit apps coming back online after being removed for NSFW content

Earlier today, Apple started cracking down on third-party Reddit apps on the App Store for NSFW content. Apple said that the Reddit clients violated clause 18.2 of the App Review Guidelines (opens in new tab) as they contained "user generated content that is frequently pornographic."

While the timing is coincidental considering that the official Reddit client for iOS made its debut earlier this week, the two events are unrelated. The developer behind popular app Narwhal said, "Reddit did not request this. This is solely because of Apple." The Narwhal app is now back on the App Store after the removal of NSFW settings.

Similarly, the developer of Eggplant Reddit was asked to remove the NSFW toggle present within the client:

It is not appropriate to display pornographic content. It would be appropriate to remove the toggle and pornography present within the app.

Reddit also received a notice to do the same on its official apps:

We were asked to update our apps (AB and Reddit Official) to remove the "Safe for Work Browsing" toggle. This is a feature we previously refined with Apple's help. We were surprised by the notice.We just resubmitted our build. We were not informed that Apple would be removing other apps. We were very upset to see that they did. Honestly, if we were interested in getting rid of 3rd party apps (which we're not!!!), this would be the stupidest possible way to accomplish it.We suggest all 3rd party apps similarly remove settings for safe for work browsing.

The clumsiest man in tech.

6 Comments
  • Censorship sucks.
  • This is dumb. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why don't they ban Safari while they are at it since consumers apparently are not willingly allowed to look at **** on Apple devices? Walled in garden folks. Enjoy letting someone tell you how to use a device you paid for. Posted from my Nexus 6P
  • You can still view NSFW content using the iOS Reddit clients. Now you have use the toggle on Reddit's website to turn on NSFW content in iOS apps. For some reason Apple didn't like the NSFW toggle in the app itself.
  • In 2008 Apple had a section in the App Store specifically for these apps, it was called "mature" or something like that. Then in 2009 they got all censorship crazy.
  • Way to be jerks Apple. You'll "protect our privacy" but you'll also censor our phones.