Apple and the fight against Child Porn

Apple to introduce new features aimed at improving child safety on Apple Devices

These protections will include: New communication tools to help parents play a more informed role in preventing/limiting exposure to sexual materials through warnings, warning users through Siri when searches are related to CSAM as well as providing resources for assistance in dealing with CSAM, and scanning iCloud photos for CSAM material and reporting it to the authorities.

Fall is soon approaching which brings with it the world’s collective anticipation of Apple’s newest innovations anchored by the yearly new iPhone reveal.  In a recent pages posted on Apple.com discussing upcoming new features to the Apple Ecosystem (iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey), new child safety features probably don’t headline the list and yet may prove to be one of Apple’s most controversial innovations to date.

As the internet becomes more accessible, a common question arises: “Who’s responsibility is it to police the internet?”  We’ve seen this play out most recently with the Big Tech blackout of social app Parler due it’s policies on acceptable use from its users.  Some see it as a no-brainer while others feel it’s an infringement of their rights.  Regardless of what side of the fence you fall on, we can all agree turning a blind-eye to harmful content online has a real world impact.  As Apple recognizes its role as a gatekeeper to cyberspace, they see it as a responsibility to put more protections in place.

“At Apple, our goal is to create technology that empowers people and enriches their lives — while helping them stay safe. We want to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them, and limit the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM).”

What do you think about this?  Do you support Apple’s efforts or feel they are overreaching?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

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