The top engineers of Manzana are taking Tim Cook’s brand commitment to protecting children seriously, announcing through a terms update, a feature in Messages to prevent minors from being exposed to nudity on devices.
“If Messages detects that a child is receiving or attempting to send this type of photo, it blurs the photo before it is viewed on your child’s device and provides age-appropriate guidance and resources to help you make a safe decision, including getting Contact someone you trust if you wish. It uses on-device machine learning to analyze image attachments and determine if a photo appears to contain nudity. The function is designed so that Apple does not have access to the photos, “the company maintains.
The communication security feature requires iOS 15.2 or later, iPadOS 15.2 or later, or macOS Monterey 12.1 or later, and is available for child accounts signed in with their Apple ID and who are part of a Family Sharing group . This feature is disabled by default.
How to turn on the anti-nudity feature on Apple
-On your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Screen Time. On a Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Screen Time. (If you haven’t turned on Screen Time yet, use parental controls to turn it on.)
-Touch the name of a child in your family group.
-Next, tap Communication Security and tap Continue.
-Turn on Check for sensitive photos. You may need to enter the Screen Time passcode for the device.
However, the child or adult still has a chance to view the photo despite Apple’s recommendation and the device will display a warning message.