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iMessage: Apple will protect your children from nudity

In 2021, the protection of underage users has been a priority for tech giants. And Apple, for example, introduced new technology that can detect nudity on messages sent or received by users under the age of 18.

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How it works ? “If Messages determines that a photo your child has received or is about to send appears to contain nudity, it will blur the image, display a warning that the photo may be sensitive, and offer ways to get help “can we read on an Apple support page.

iMessage nudity detector lands in other countries

As reported by The Verge, this feature was launched in the United States in 2021 and it would soon arrive in other countries. According to the explanations of the American media, a deployment in the United Kingdom would take place soon. And Apple would also plan to soon offer this feature in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.

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For the moment, the exact timetable for this deployment is not known. In addition, it is not yet known when/if Apple will launch the feature in other countries, such as France.

If it is normal to wonder about the protections provided by Apple in terms of confidentiality, the firm ensures that these are sufficient.

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“Messages uses on-device machine learning to analyze attached images and determine if a photo appears to contain nudity. The feature is designed so that Apple does not have access to the photos”explains the Cupertino company.

A function that protects children, while respecting privacy?

Moreover, it should be noted that this nudity detector does not actually prevent children from seeing the detected images.

“Messages offer multiple ways for the child to get help (including leaving the conversation, blocking the contact, leaving a group message, and accessing online safety resources) and reassures the child by telling them that he has no problem if he does not want to see the photo or continue the conversation”indicates the Cupertino company.

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iMessage can also suggest the child chat with an adult they trust, or start a conversation with a parent or legal guardian. But in any case, it will be possible to access the blurred image.

“If the child chooses to view or send the photo, Messages confirms that they are sure they want to do so and suggests alternatives, again reassuring the child that it is okay not to participate and that other help is available”can we read on the Apple website.

It would seem that in developing this feature, Apple had to reconcile protection of children and protection of privacy.

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