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iMessage Gif Search on iOS 10 Throws Up Porn Results; Apple Scrambles to Fix

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iMessage Gif Search on iOS 10 Throws Up Porn Results; Apple Scrambles to Fix
Highlights
  • Gif search in iMessage seems to give inappropriate results
  • Less provocative keywords are also throwing NSFW results
  • Apple is swiftly cleaning the gif search to eradicate porn

There's a huge problem with iMessage in iOS 10 that has come to light and Apple is doing everything to fix it as soon as it can. Apparently, iOS 10 is surfacing porn gifs in iMessage, and innocent search words like 'huge' and 'bounce' are giving out rather NSFW inappropriate results.

(Also see: iOS 10: Our Favourite iMessage Apps and Sticker Packs)

This was first spotted by Deadspin's Kyle Wagner, who apparently was served with animated My Little Pony porn when he searched for the word 'butt' in the default gif search of Messages. Soon after, the word 'huge' was also found to throw up some uncensored gif image results.

(Also see: iMessage App Store Is Here and This Is Where It's Buried on Your iPhone)

 

While Apple has already blocked many obvious adult words to weed out porn, but it evidently didn't anticipate porn to surface through words like 'huge' and apparently - 'butt'. In any case, the team at Apple is aware about the issue and is steadfastly cleaning up its search. Apple is doing everything it can to rectify the misstep, and words like 'porn', 'huge', 'butt' are now blocked in iMessages gif search, and shows no results. Presumably, this issue is because Apple must be pulling gifs from third parties like Giphy, and did not anticipate porn to filter in (or so we think).

(Also see: iOS 10 Features: 10 Big Ones Unveiled at WWDC 2016)

As for iMessage in iOS 10, it's got a major overhaul with a brand new Messages app that supports new emoji centric features for social play, and brings the addition of an app drawer for third-party integration.

(Also see: Here's Why There Is No iMessage for Android)

Some of the features include the Digital Touch handwriting feature that allows sending handwritten messages to other users, who will receive it in an animated manner. The chat app now also lets you emote through text bubbles, by choosing options like shout, whisper, and more.

What do you think of the new iMessage app? Let us know in the comments below.

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