The Tumblr app has disappeared from the App Store, with the iPhone software for the popular blogging service being mysteriously taken out of Apple's download store. Although the reason for the disappearance was not stated, it was speculated that Tumblr disobeyed Apple's policies for inappropriate content.
Currently searches for the Tumblr app in the App Store only lead to third-party browsers. However, the official app is nowhere to be found.
What exactly led to the removal of the app is unclear at this time. Tumblr himself confirmed the disappearance of his app on Friday, November 16, saying at the time she was trying to tackle the problem. However, there was no reason for the absence of the app.
"We are working to solve a problem with the iOS app and hope to be fully functional soon," the company said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate your patience when we find out, and we will update this article when we have news."
Since then, Tumblr employees have released two more updates. "We're still working on the iOS app release," the company said on November 1
This morning the official word is that a fix is still in progress. "Our team is still working on solving the problem with the iOS app," said Tumblr in an update. "Thank you for being stuck while you work on it."
The problem was first reported by PiunikaWeb when it was discovered last week that the App Store only displays the Tumblr app when Safe Mode is off , Shortly thereafter, the app disappeared completely from the store. Users who are already installed have reported issues with all features.
Although neither Tumblr nor Apple has commented specifically, it is speculated that the app violates the App Store's guidelines for inappropriate content. Certainly adult content is one of the many purposes that Tumblr users have done with the site. Tumblr users who release explicit content on their pages must assign themselves an "NSFW" tag, which prevents them from appearing during normal searches.
For those who have already downloaded Tumblr on an iOS device, there is a potential workaround. The Purchased tab in the App Store should contain a copy of the app that needs to be installed, although the complaints that full functionality is currently not available are not yet covered.
If it is really a content issue, Tumblr finds itself in a high-caliber business. Earlier this year, Apple removed the Telegram app after it was claimed to have been used for terrorist communications. The app was restored in June.