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iOS 10’s new GIF search feature is sneaking porn on its iMessage

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Tech giant Apple has recently made the most significant and relevant update in iOS 10 particularly in the Messages app which Apple termed as its biggest iOS update yet.

One of the top rated features of the update gives users the option of turning their written messages into moving images called GIFs. Among its added new feature is the ability to quickly search animated GIFs directly within the app. It lets iMessage users communicate with richer conversations and add more expression to their experience.

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It is a handy and convenient feature that many iMessage users will appreciate but it is already the focus of controversy. In some cases, it seems inappropriate search results are returning in an iMessage search. Specifically, porn.

Reports are coming in from different outlets that users searching for seemingly innocent words or phrases are seeing embarrassing results in the GIFs displayed in Messages. The Verge claims that a mother and daughter used the word “huge” in a text, only to receive a GIF of a woman fellating a well-endowed male while Deadspin reports that searching with the word “butt” resulted in a GIF of a “My Little Pony” porn. Clearly, after the major overhaul of its iMessage app, Apple forgot to set a filter that resulted from the embarrassing mistake.

Updates now indicate that Apple is working to filter out the pornographic GIFs but the company has yet to comment publicly on the matter. Apple has publicly taken a stand against pornography on multiple occasions which made the incident somewhat embarrassing. The company provides comprehensive parental control in its operating systems and officially does not allow pornographic content on its App Store.

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Apple’s goal, especially in iOS, is to provide a controlled and “family-friendly” environment. The new GIF search in Messages complicates matters by introducing a new vector by which inappropriate content can be encountered, intentionally or not. After all, a parent restricting their child’s iPhone use may think to restrict Safari and third party apps, but might overlook restricting GIFs in Messages.

Apple is undoubtedly working hard to solve the X-rated GIF in Messages, however, be careful what you search for and what you send to your loved ones.

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