Apple has expanded its child protection feature, Communication Safety in Messages in six new regions including Brazil, South Korea, Belgium, and others.
To prevent the creation and spread of CSAM, Apple introduced Communication Safety in Messages in iOS 15.2. The opt-in safety feature allows parents to ensure that explicit or sensitive content is not shared in the Messages app on iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS.
Using the Messages app’s on-device machine learning to analyze an image (received or sent) for nudity. If nudity is detected, the Messages app blurs the photo and provides guidance like it’s not their fault and age-appropriate resources to seek help like can talk to a trusted person about the experience by sharing the message with a “grown-up”.
Here are the regions Apple’s Communication Safety in Messages is available
Dutch publisher, iCulture reports that Apple’s Communication Safety in Messages will be available in six new countries.
- South Korea
This brings the total to 13 countries or regions. Previously, the feature was released in the below-listed countries:
- New Zealand
Check out “How to easily turn on Communication Safety in Messages on iOS 15.2″ here.
Apple had also announced “CSAM detection for iCloud” to scan photos for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) before uploading them to the cloud in 2021. However, privacy and security concerns raised by cybersecurity experts convinced the tech giant to kill the feature altogether and decided to focus on Communication Safety for Messages instead to prevent the generation of new CSAM.
Recently, the company updated Communication Safety for Messages with the ability to detect nudity in videos shared via Messages or third-party messaging apps when the feature is turned on.