Apple accused of censoring swear words on iPhone

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Apple has been accused of automatically censoring swear words entered into an app on a new version of the operating system which powers iPhones. Beta testers are currently digging into iOS 13 to make sure it’s bug-free ahead of its public release later this year. But one user claimed that he saw the software automatically…

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Apple has been accused of automatically censoring swear words entered into an app on a new version of the operating system which powers iPhones.

Beta testers are currently digging into iOS 13 to make sure it’s bug-free ahead of its public release later this year.

But one user claimed that he saw the software automatically remove a ‘bad word’ he’d bashed into his iPhone during a dark, long night of the soul moment.

The alleged swear censorship happened after a user of the subreddit iOS/beta scrawled an emotional screed into the iOS 13 Notes app using his own handwriting.

The app is capable of recognising words and suggesting a filename for the note.

However, the Reddit user claimed the suggested name was: ‘I’m the most stupid thing to exist, life is …….’

In the blanked-out space, f****** was replaced by full-stops.

Warm-hearted Reddit users were less concerned about the obliterated obscenity and more worried about the writer of the post.

Many other users chipped in with positive messages and asked them to share any fears or worries over a DM.

The iOS beta tester then wrote: ‘I’m talking to someone right now and it shows me again how great the internet actually is as it gives you so much opportunity to talk to amazing people.

‘It’s actually quite funny that this is all happening as I was just feeling down and my Wi-Fi was really slow and I wanted to draw but ProCreate still wasn’t downloaded so I just went into the notes app and started writing and then realized this and posted it.’

He added: ‘When you see a lot of negativity happen on the internet and hate everywhere situations like this really brighten up your days.’

Another tester of the operating system also reported seeing the word f*** being expunged from file names, although he also discovered ‘ass’ was totally fine.

You can protect yourself from swearwords using various iPhone settings. For instance, you can make sure Siri doesn’t read out any ‘explicit language’.

Google turns on a ‘profanity filter’ by default on its Pixel phones and will not transcribe your filthy language or read out naughty words.

We have written to Apple for comment.

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