Taiwan flag emoji crashes iPhones to appease China


The Chinese political class doesn’t play. Winnie the Poo is basically outlawed online in China because President Xi happens to resemble the fictional inhabitant of 500 Acre Wood. No one disses the president in China.

Flying the Taiwanese flag in one’s text message? Forget about it.

(From Yahoo)

Apple has fixed a glitch that caused iPhones registered in China to crash when they received a message with an emoji showing the Taiwanese flag.

Devices have reportedly been crashing since the icon was blocked in 2017, an apparent attempt at censorship because the Chinese government refuses to acknowledge Taiwan’s independence.

Security researcher Patrick Wardle told Wired that the flaw was a censorship function made by Apple that occasionally read the Taiwan emoji as an “invalid input”, causing the app it was sent over to shut down.

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