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WeChat To Stop Scanning Photos in Background After Influencer’s Exposè Using Apple’s Record App Activity
Published on: 2021-10-11
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WeChat has committed to stop regularly examining users’ images after the behavior was exposed by an online influencer.
 

The app, managed by Tencent Holdings, occasionally views user images for up to 1 minute each while running in the background. According to the screenshots, WeChat visits photo galleries every several hours.
 

According to reports, the activity was detected using Apple’s new “Record App Activity” function in iOS 15, which was launched last month.
 

According to a WeChat official, the app searches for new images to make it “faster and smoother for users to submit photos.” However, the business claims that the software only has access to the whole user gallery when the user authorizes it.
 

A corporate official stated that background scanning for new photos “would be cancelled in the new edition.
 

The same influencer later added that Tencent’s QQ messaging app and Taobao, Alibaba Group Holding’s main online retail marketplace with around 900 million MAUs, were also discovered to routinely access user images.
 

The action is “very unpleasant,” according to the influencer, because photos are private and scanning takes up memory and electricity. His suggested solution was for users to disable these capabilities in the system settings.
 

After the matter was made public, netizens began to express their concerns about the activity, and many continued to do so even after WeChat’s answer.
 

微信回应在后台反复读取用户相册

近日,有消息称微信在后台反复读取用户相册。10月8日晚,腾讯对此回应,iOS系统为APP开发者提供相册更新通知标准能力,相册发生内容更新时会通知到APP,提醒APP可以提前做准备,APP的该准备行为会被记录成读取系统相册。
 

当用户授权微信可以读取“系统相册权限”的前提后,为便于用户在微信聊天中按“+”时可以快速发图,微信使用了该系统能力,使用户发送图片体验更快速流畅。上述行为均仅在手机本地完成,最新版本中微信将取消对该系统能力的使用,优化快速发图功能。

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