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iphones crash when people write taiwan

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Many tech companies have to write code to adapt to China's strict rules, including its denial of Taiwan's independent status. However, Apple's approach to it may have been... slightly buggy. Security researcher Patrick Wardle has reported that iOS 11.3 and earlier included a bug that would crash some users' devices whenever they wrote "Taiwan" or used the Taiwanese flag emoji, regardless of the app.

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You may have noticed that we're referring to the bug in the past tense -- that's because it's thankfully been fixed as of iOS 11.4.1. And unlike some of Apple's past text-related bugs, it wasn't guaranteed to happen. You could even fix it yourself in an interim fashion by switching back and forth between China and another region. Still, it's not exactly the kind of bug you want to have -- especially not for people who have good reason to talk about Taiwan in regular conversation.

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in some edge cases, a bug in the Taiwan-censorship code meant that instead of treating the Taiwan emoji as missing from the phone's library, it instead considered it an invalid input. That caused phones to crash altogether

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Wardle contrasts that censorship concession to Apple's clash with the FBI over encryption in 2016, when it took a strong stance on civil liberties in opposition to government demands.

"They say 'We’re not going to spy on our users.' But if China asks, they'll build censorship into their devices and not really talk about it," Wardle says. "Hypocrisy is the term I would use."

The crash bug isn't that big of a concern in itself but it highlights the concessions apple had to make to sell their devices in china. On the one hand I don't necessarily blame apple for their concessions as it is a smart business decision and they are not causing anymore harm than what is already happening but as wardle points out they can't also use something like the FBI encryption event to paint themselves as an uncompromising company willing to do anything to ensure their customer's privacy. They just can't have it both ways.

 

https://www.engadget.com/2018/07/10/apple-iphone-taiwan-bug/

https://www.wired.com/story/apple-china-censorship-bug-iphone-crash-emoji/

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Old news, the iOS 11.4.1 patch addressed this already ;) 

 

https://www.macrumors.com/2018/07/11/apple-fixed-ios-taiwan-emoji-bug/

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45 minutes ago, spartaman64 said:

Many tech companies have to write code to adapt to China's strict rules, including its denial of Taiwan's independent status.

 

Denying reality for the sweet, sweet cash.

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7 hours ago, Christophe Corazza said:

For Apple users:

???? If you don't see a flag you may want to change you iOS country settings.

I see 2 flags but I'm on Android. 

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8 minutes ago, Christophe Corazza said:

 

Even worse! ;)

They suck up to the Chinese Communist Party?

 

Hey China, Taiwan is a separate country and it rules. ???????? 

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1 hour ago, Amazonsucks said:

They suck up to the Chinese Communist Party?

 

Hey China, Taiwan is a separate country and it rules. ???????? 

taiwan and china would disagree with you :)

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