Apple’s anti-porn overreach — good intent, bad execution

Oh, Apple. Can’t you weigh into anything without making a mess?

The latest: Apple wants to use its extensive powers to fight child pornography. As is typical, the company  has good intentions, wants to advance a great goal — and then uses such overreach as to give people dozens of reasons to oppose them. To paraphrase the old adage, the road to hell in this case starts at One Apple Park Way. Alternatively, think of Cupertino as where good ideas go to become monstrous executions.

This started last week with Apple announcing plans to do something to slow down child pornography and children being taken advantage of. Fine, so far. Its tactics include telling parents when their offspring download nude or otherwise erotic imagery. Before we get into the technology aspects of all of this, let’s briefly consider the almost infinite number of ways that this could go bad. (Maybe that’s where the old Apple headquarters got its Infinity Loop name.)

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Source:: Computerworld