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iCloud logo illustrated on an iPhone. Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

Apple announced on Friday that it would delay its plan to scan iPhone users' libraries for images of child sex abuse.

Why it matters: The delay is an acknowledgment of the privacy concerns brought up when the program was first announced last month.

Background: Apple announced the program to scan for child sex abuse material imagery on August 5th.

  • The system would use "cryptographic hashes" to detect illegal images, and if enough images were detected for a user it would be turned over to law enforcement per Axios' Scott Rosenberg.
    • Apple said that the error rate would be "one in a one trillion" per a Q&A Apple released earlier this month.

Driving the news: While the decision was applauded by child safety organizations, many online privacy organizations were concerned that this technology could be used in a way that violates a user's privacy, per Axios' Scott Rosenberg.

What they're saying: "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features,” Apple said in a statement this morning.

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Sep 15, 2021 - Technology

Snap hires first Global Head of Platform Safety

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Snap Inc. has hired Jacqueline Beauchere, the current chief online safety officer at Microsoft, to be its first-ever global head of platform safety, a spokesperson tells Axios.

Why it matters: The move reflects a growing effort by Snapchat to invest in more initiatives that focus on user safety and wellbeing.

DOJ sues American Airlines, JetBlue to block "unprecedented" alliance

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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued American Airlines and JetBlue to block an "unprecedented series of agreements" that will consolidate the two airlines' operations in Boston and New York City.

Why it matters: The civil antitrust complaint alleges that the planned Northeast Alliance (NEA) "will cause hundreds of millions of dollars in harm to air passengers across the country through higher fares and reduced choice," the DOJ said in a release.

FBI: Body identified as Gabby Petito, death ruled a homicide

A memorial dedicated to Gabby Petito near City Hall in North Port, Fla. Photo: Octavio Jones/Getty Images

A body found in Teton County, Wyoming, on Sunday was confirmed to be the remains of missing 22-year-old blogger Gabby Petito, the FBI announced Tuesday.

Driving the news: The death was ruled a homicide by the Teton County coroner's office, the FBI said. The cause of death has not been determined.

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