While Facebook is facing problems with the spread of fake news through WhatsApp in several countries, Apple is dealing with your own messenger’s setbacks in China, where the company has been targeted by the state media for allegedly allowing the spread of illegal content in the iMessage, according to the Reuters.
In China, as well as in other Asian countries, iPhone owners are constant targets of spam in iMessage, many of whom claim to promote illegal gambling and pornography sites. To reduce this index of prohibited messages, a spokeswoman for Ma told the news agency that the company is working on new technologies that allow it to identify and block fraudulent accounts.
We are currently working on additional ways to reduce (spam) even further, including more advanced machine learning models to identify them and more tools to block fraudulent accounts.
In addition, Apple has also contacted Chinese operators to analyze what additional measures can be taken to reduce this problem. As it happens today, telecommunications companies in the country are able to filter only spam messages sent by SMS, blocking them by keywords. However, this approach is not possible with iMessage, since conversations are encrypted from end to end.
Apple has not confirmed the exact details of the above measures or when they can be implemented. In addition to China, Ma is also trying to solve problems with regulatory agencies in the ndia about the development of an anti-spam application for iPhone that raised concerns about the user's privacy, since the app would have ample access to customers' call logs and text messages.