iOS 10 is surfacing hardcore porn GIFs in iMessage

James Bareham

Apple is having trouble removing porn from iMessage's new GIF search feature. Overnight, Deadspin noticed a highly sexual My Little Pony GIF appearing in searches for the word "butt," but the problem goes well beyond that.

A woman who emailed The Verge this afternoon says her eight-year-old daughter, while trying to send a message to her dad, was presented with "a very explicit image" of "a woman giving oral sex to a well endowed male." Her daughter hadn't searched for anything explicit, just the word "huge."

"I see the image come up like, holy shit, whoa whoa whoa, that's a hardcore porn image," Tassie Bethany, whose daughter discovered the image, tells The Verge by phone. "I grabbed the phone from her immediately. She typed in the word 'huge,' which isn't sexual in any nature. It's just a word, not like butt or anything else."

GIF search is one of the new features built into iMessage in iOS 10. Apple has been prohibiting searches for most sexual terms, but it's a real problem for porn to slip through for an otherwise normal term like "huge."


Other nude images are accessible through searches of misspelled body parts, though we haven't seen anything quite as explicit as what comes up for "huge."

Apple has not yet responded to a request for comment. It took 10 or so hours after Deadspin's initial report for the word "butt" to be banned from iMessage's GIF search; searches for "huge" have already been banned. The GIF feature is powered by Bing; we've also reached out to Microsoft for comment.

Bethany says her daughter is fine — "she had no idea" — but she's concerned about the possibility of other kids being accidentally exposed to porn through what's supposed to be a goofy feature. "My daughter uses it because there's cartoons and fart jokes, that kind of stuff," she said. "That's hardcore porn. People making out she might see on ABC. That's something that could potentially be pretty traumatizing for a small child."

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#Courage

Given it uses Bing to do the searches, it is

Bing bing bing we have a winner!

Given it’s been using Bing in Siri for quite a while now, it’s not really.

Trolling aside, I imagine the Bing API allows for some sort of safe search functionality – I wonder if the API is broken or Apple forgot to implement that part of it. Though I guess it’s possible the API doesn’t have anything of the sort – in which case that’s a serious omission.

WTF A HEADS UP WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE

Really? This whole article is about NSFW result. What did you think the search was going to return.

The shock was more from the sheer amount of content, i.e. dicks, not the content itself.

This whole article is about NSFW result.

You didn’t mention the crucial distinction between this article and your comment: this article makes a point of not including the offending NSFW content in question.

What did you think the search was going to return.

I honestly didn’t expect Bing to only return gifs of pornography when frankly "huge" could refer to so many different things.

Weird. All i got was fully clothed HUGE breasted women.

Same. You and I probably haven’t disabled Bing’s safesearch.

thank god i set "strict" on safesearch setting lol

Porn still shows up on strict mode.

Really? I’ve never experienced that.

Dang, even on strict, it’s not exactly what I would expect from searching for huge. Or is it.. Well, chalk another one up to the internet

Yet when I click this, even on moderate, I get no NSFW content whatsoever.

Same!

On moderate I didn’t see any dick pics, just lots of (clothed) breasts.

But the main point is valid – huge could be so many things, weird that Bing defaults to breasts and such. I compared, and Google has a larger percent of non-breasts but still some breasts, which makes more sense.

Given it uses Bing to do the searches, it is

Nice try.
Samsung doesn’t make the batteries in the Note 7, but the buck stops at their table. Point your finger at Apple for this one.

Also, Microsoft’s Wordflow keyboard offers GIF search too. No porn reports.

Pretty sure Weety was blaming Apple for choosing Bing in the first place, not deflecting blame.

What he said

edit: or she sorry

NO WAY MAN THIS IS CLEARLY WAR.

Aren’t the note7 batteries made by Samsung SDI?

Actually Samesung DOES make the battery’s in the Note 7. They’re not the only ones, but their battery division is making them! A little Googling it all it takes!

http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/samsung-s-exploding-galaxy-note-7-batteries-were-made-by-samsung

Here’s another, take a look of the Picture of the Note 7 and you can see the Battery that says Samsung right on it!!!
http://www.androidauthority.com/galaxy-note-7-drops-samsung-sdi-batteries-714788/

Looks like Samsung is switching battery suppliers to who Apple uses, China’s ATL!!!
http://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-to-use-apples-main-battery-supplier-for-note-7-report/

Oo damn, but Samsung actually made their own exploding batteries… GG

Bing image search is a LOT better than GIS. Being able to easily filter by file type is one of the reasons why I use it.

The problem with Bing is its interface sucks, especially on Mobile. I like DuckDuckGo and the way it automatically loads more search results when you scroll down. Why every search engine hasn’t implemented that is beyond me.

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