Apple’s plan and Reddit’s actions this week
Apple has just announced the decision to postpone the plan to scan US iPhones. This plan aims to scan images of child abuse to protect children’s rights. Apple also announced that they need more time to adjust the system before it is put into use.
The company announced the plan last month. Based on the information and data on iCloud, it scans files before they are uploaded, and it also scans for malicious content that is sensitive. Apple thinks this is a good measure to combat child sexual abuse.
Apple said: “Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features.”
The right procrastination
Apple says iPhone, Mac, and Apple Watch will integrate this feature. However, Apple needs to adjust this plan because Apple’s algorithm and warns law enforcement will be fooled by the system. It will send images that seem trivial but they contain child pornography when activated. The news was alerted by Matthew Green, a leading cryptographic researcher at Johns Hopkins University.
After that, a developer figured out how to fix this problem by giving each image a fingerprint.
Apple’s delay is appropriate because it will give more consideration to user privacy and create more safety.
Green said: “You need to build support before you launch something like this. This was a big escalation from scanning almost nothing to scanning private files”.
He also added that Apple is too secretive about the development of this feature and it seems that their purpose is not aimed at the safety of children, but rather as a new consumer product.
Misinformation about Covid was handled by Reddit
After facing a lot of criticism from the public for not handling misinformation about Covid, Reddit has begun to tackle this issue. An anti-vax and anti-mask subreddit was the first case handled by Reddit.
Users accused r/NoNewNormal of posting false information about Covid and this account was deleted, although Reddit had allowed these misinformation posts to spread before.
The reason why Reddit issued the ban was that 124,000 people registered on the Subreddit and participated in the activity that flooded the comments and harassed them.
Not only does it delete inappropriate posts or accounts, but Reddit also flags “highly offensive or upsetting” to prevent it from showing up. In addition, 54 subreddits have also been quarantined by Reddit.
The protest has 15 million members that take part in the protest and said: “Futurology has gone private to protest Reddit’s inaction on Covid-19 misinformation. Weaponized misinformation is a key problem shaping our future. Reddit won’t enforce their policies against misinformation, brigading, and spamming”.
Reddit had to make a promise after the protest: “build a new reporting feature for moderators to allow them to better provide us a signal when they see community interference”.
Apple’s digital driver’s license and state ID
Apple Wallet will add the ability to add driver’s licenses and state IDs of users across 8 US states. This feature is more convenient for users to present at the airport.
In June, Apple announced this plan, but users are concerned about privacy and security when handing their devices to the authorities.
However, this feature can be used without having to unlock the device or hand it over to someone else, users can hold it by themselves without worrying about security issues.
Apple’s vice president of Apple Pay and Apple Wallet, Jennifer Bailey said: “The addition of driver’s licenses and state IDs to Apple Wallet is an important step in our vision of replacing the physical wallet with a secure and easy-to-use mobile wallet We are excited that the TSA and so many states are already on board to help bring this to life for travelers across the country using only their iPhone and Apple Watch, and we are already in discussions with many more states as we’re working to offer this quality in the future”.
Although the company has not given a specific time to release this feature, eight states that will be able to use it are Arizona and Georgia, Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma, and Utah, respectively.