iPhone crashing bug likely caused by code added to appease Chinese gov’t

Found on Ars Technica on Wednesday, 11 July 2018
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Wardle, who is now a macOS and iOS security expert at Digital Security, said he was perplexed when a friend first reported her fully patched, non-jailbroken device crashed every time she typed Taiwan or received a message with a Taiwanese flag.

He eventually found that the crashes were being caused by code that classified messages based on emojis they contained. He also noticed that the error seemed to be triggered when iOS had country codes that included China or language settings including Chinese (his friend’s phone specified the region as the US and the language as English, followed by Chinese.)

Remember, big corporations will happily bend over for a dictatorship as long as they can make money by selling their products there, while their PR divisions try to uphold the fake image of morals and ethics.