Apple temporarily refused to implement the function of scanning photos of iPhone users for child abuse. The Independent reports this.
As it became known to journalists, the American company postponed introducing the photo scanning function on users ‘ smartphones for an indefinite period.
“Based on feedback from customers, human rights groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to allocate additional time in the coming months to collect information and make improvements,” Apple said in a statement. Representatives of the corporation noted that they consider the photo scanning function necessary to protect children from exploitation and sexual violence in one way or another.
The new feature, which runs in the background on all Apple devices, was supposed to debut this fall along with the release of the operating systems iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey.
Apple’s intention to introduce a new mechanism for the protection of children became known in early August. According to sources, the company currently plans to test smartphones only for American users. The news about the remote scanning feature has angered some Apple users and activists.