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Apple is fixing a bug that blocked the word “Asian” from web searches for supposedly qualifying as “adult” content.
The bug affected devices which had the “Limit Adult Websites” function switched on, and came to light in February when developer Steven Shen tweeted about it.
On iOS, if you turn on “Limit Adult Website” under Screen Time->Content Restrictions, Safari blocks any website URL containing the word “asian”. Seriously, go try it, it’s unbelievable. I filed a Feeback a long time ago. Nothing changed. Please RT for visibility. @AppleSupport
— Steven Shen (@Stevenpotato) February 3, 2021
In his tweet Shen said he’d alerted Apple to the problem “a long time ago.”
Speaking to Mashable, Shen said he contacted Apple in December 2019 about the bug. He said he received no “official” response, but an employee messaged him on Twitter to say they had flagged the issue internally.
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Anti-Asian racism has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the shootings in Atlanta in which eight people, six of them Asian women, were killed.
Source:: Businessinsider – Tech