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Apple is reportedly fixing a bug that blocked searches for 'Asian' as 'adult' content

Published by Business Insider on Wed, 31 Mar 2021

<p><img src="https://static6.businessinsider.com/image/600ecb7f7e47190011cb8fb9-2400/GettyImages-1229371707.jpg" border="0" alt="iPhone 12" data-mce-source="Stanislav Kogiku/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images"></p><p></p><bi-shortcode id="summary-shortcode" data-type="summary-shortcode" class="mceNonEditable" contenteditable="false">Summary List Placement</bi-shortcode><p>Apple is fixing a bug that blocked the word "Asian" from web searches for supposedly qualifying as "adult" content.</p><p>The bug affected devices which had the "Limit Adult Websites" function switched on, and came to light in February when developer Steven Shen <a href="https://twitter.com/Stevenpotato/status/1356953980174131200">tweeted</a> about it.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">On iOS, if you turn on Limit Adult Website under Screen Time-&gt;Content Restrictions, Safari blocks any website URL containing the word asian. Seriously, go try it, its unbelievable. I filed a Feeback a long time ago. Nothing changed. Please RT for visibility. <a href="https://twitter.com/AppleSupport'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AppleSupport</a></p> Steven Shen (@Stevenpotato) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1356953980174131200'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 3, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>In his tweet Shen said he'd alerted Apple to the problem "a long time ago."</p><p><a href="https://mashable.com/article/apple-asian-adult-content-filter-ios-fix.amp/'europe=true">Speaking to Mashable</a>, 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.</p><p><em><strong>Read more: </strong><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/how-apple-crack-down-fake-apps-scams-ios-app-store-2021-3" data-e2e-name="inline-read-more-link">The App Store has a fake-app problem. Here's how Apple should crack down on one of its most lucrative businesses.</a></em></p><p>Anti-Asian racism has been in the spotlight in recent weeks after the <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/the-atlanta-shooting-and-the-dangers-of-evangelical-purity-culture-2021-3">shootings in Atlanta</a> in which eight people, six of them Asian women, were killed.</p><p>A <a href="https://www.csusb.edu/sites/default/files/FACT%20SHEET-%20Anti-Asian%20Hate%202020%203.2.21.pdf">study</a> from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism published this month showed <a href="https://www.insider.com/anti-asian-violence-racism-hate-crime-invisible-american-history">anti-Asian hate crimes</a> in the U.S. rose by 150% in 2020.</p><p>More users have been encountering the bug recently, to the point where Google's public liaison for search Danny Sullivan clarified last week that the problem originated with iOS, not Google.</p><div><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en" data-cards="" data-conversation=""><p lang="en" dir="ltr">As you understand, this isn't a block that Google Search is doing. It's being done by iOS. But I'll see if we have contacts at Google that might raise this with Apple, so they can look into it.</p> Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) <a href="https://twitter.com/mims/statuses/1374056624378159107'ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 22, 2021</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div><p>Mashable reported it had verified that Apple's iOS 14.5 beta software updatewhich was sent out to developers last weekfixes the bug.</p><p>It will roll out to iPhone and iPad users sometime this Spring, Mashable reported.</p><p>Apple did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on why the bug remained unfixed for so long and what had caused it.</p><p><a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-fixing-bug-blocked-word-asian-as-adult-content-2021-3#comments">Join the conversation about this story &#187;</a></p> <p>NOW WATCH: <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com/what-its-like-make-beer-with-picobrew-c-home-brew-2020-3">We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button</a></p>
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