Saturday, October 1, 2022

Apple’s New iOS 10 Had A Porn Problem

Apple’s iOS 10 has had a glitch-filled debut. Of course, many, if not most, software updates have problems in their first few days, but iOS 10 has really set a new standard: First, the sports site Deadspin discovered My Little Pony porn showed up when you searched for “butt” in the system’s GIF library. That’s bad, sure. But it’s not nearly as bad as having a graphic GIF of a woman giving a man a blowjob appear when you search for “huge” in the same system, which is exactly what happened until Apple fixed the problem this afternoon following another bombshell Deadspin report.

As Deadspin’s Ashley Feinberg notes, it makes sense that a relatively harmless cartoon porn might slip through Apple’s filters, which block searches for explicitly sexual words like “penis” or “vagina.” No such filter was created for the seemingly innocuous word “huge,” resulting in the appearance of the fellatio GIF (the very NSFW version of which you can watch here if you really want to; we don’t really recommend it).

It wasn’t just the porn-whisperers at Deadspin who took notice. A concerned mother emailed tech site The Verge with a tale of horror after her eight-year-old daughter discovered the same GIF while searching for “huge.”

“I see the image come up like, holy shit, whoa whoa whoa, that’s a hardcore porn image,” Tassie Bethany, told The Verge. “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.”

Within minutes of Deadspin and The Verge’s posts going up, Apple blocked “huge” from it’s search, which shows it’s learning; it took the tech giant 10 hours to remove “butt”–the term that triggered the My Little Pony porn–from the system after the glitch was revealed late last night.

It’s not exactly clear how the porn ended up in the library in the first place, though Verge reports it’s powered by the Bing search engine. If you know anything more, or if you find other porn, or know someone who found other porn, let us know at share@thefreshtoast.com.

Posted By: Taylor Berman

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