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iOS 10 accidentally brought porn and Nazis to the iMessage GIF feature

By midian182
Sep 16, 2016
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  1. Massive operating system updates usually come with unexpected problems. With Apple’s iOS 10, a number of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users found that upgrading had temporarily bricked their devices. The company addressed the problem, but another, more explicit issue has raised its head.

    It seems that the iMessage GIF search feature had been surfacing pornographic results from fairly innocent terms. Deadspin found that when typing in the word “butt,” one of the top results was a gif of female My Little Pony character Fluttershy dropping her underwear.

    A sexualized cartoon character isn't great, but worse was to follow. A woman contacted The Verge to report that her eight-year-old daughter had been presented with an image showing “a woman giving oral sex to a well-endowed male.” The young girl, who was sending a message to her Dad, hadn’t been searching for anything explicit, just the word “huge.”

    "I see the image come up like, holy sh*t, whoa whoa whoa, that's a hardcore porn image," said the girl’s mother,Tassie Bethany. "I grabbed the phone from her immediately. She typed in the word 'huge,' which isn't sexual in any nature. It's just a word, not like butt or anything else."

    "My daughter uses it because there's cartoons and fart jokes, that kind of stuff. That's hardcore porn. People making out she might see on ABC. That's something that could potentially be pretty traumatizing for a small child,” she added.

    The inappropriate gifs aren’t limited to pornographic images; it turns out that searches for the term “power” were bringing up images of the Power Rangers performing a Nazi salute as they stood in front of a swastika. The words “Heil Hitler” appearing above them.

    Apple has since added the terms “butt” and “huge” to its GIF search blacklist. Looking up these words, along with explicit or biological terms, won’t show up any results.

    Apple has yet to comment on the Bing-powered GIF feature.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,682   +787

    If they are smart they will delay a few weeks to see how it "plays". If it's highly profitable, Apple just might start up a new line with Adam, Eve, and that big snake coveting a new apple!
     
    Reehahs likes this.
  3. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 860   +340

    Similar thing happened to me. When I searched "Apple" I got presented with pictures of said Nazis.
     
    Phr3d, enemys, alabama man and 2 others like this.
  4. theruck

    theruck TS Booster Posts: 104   +20

    The search is provided by Microsoft. Well done.
     
  5. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 216   +129

    "Apple has since added the terms “butt” and “huge” to its GIF search blacklist. Looking up these words, along with explicit or biological terms, won’t show up any results."

    Hahaha best way to fix this is to blacklist half of English dictionary? Didn't they test it at all before releasing?
     
    Phr3d likes this.
  6. Timonius

    Timonius TS Evangelist Posts: 640   +56

    I don't think there was an accident with this. Someone planned this as a very sick joke.
     
  7. cartera

    cartera TS Addict Posts: 298   +78

    Apparently they have never used bing! Lol
     
  8. Phr3d

    Phr3d TS Booster Posts: 242   +44

    Ask any software CEO and they'll tell you, 'Testing is over-rated". lol
     
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,044   +274

    Sick joke? More likely someone in marketing wanted this as a way to increase the breadth of the market for crApple devices.
     

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