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Apple will warn kids before they send nude images but won’t inform their parents: Report

Apple had faced flak from privacy and child-safety advocates over an earlier version of the feature.

We missed this earlier: A new feature will now issue a warning to US teenagers under 18 before they send or view messages with nude photos on Apple’s iMessage, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The feature will be carried in the new iPhone update (iOS 15.2) through the Family Sharing setting, to be switched on by parents, the report added. The company, however, dropped its plan to notify parents when their children (only under 13) view or send nudes. The notification was supposed to be part of the tool earlier but was dropped due to concerns around the privacy of kids’ communications, WSJ wrote in its report. An Apple engineer, speaking to WSJ, revealed that the message informing kids of the notification to parents was clear but it was possible that kids would not understand the implications of the message and ignore it. It is not clear if this will be rolled out across the world or only in the US. The feature is a significant development as tech companies try to address child sexual predation without straddling the rights of parents and children. What will happen once parents enable the feature? The iPhone's AI will detect nude images that its Messages app receives, or the ones added by the child. The nude image will be blurred, and the child will have to choose to open the image, according to our report in August this year. The company had said that it will not have access to the…

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