Apple has used image recognition algorithms to search and organize its Photos app since iOS 10 debuted in 2016 — but a viral tweet put the tool in the spotlight after it appeared to be stockpiling photos of women’s bras in a separate storage category within the Photos app.
Before going any further, it’s important to make a few things clear: There isn’t a separate “folder” filled with your intimate pics within the Photos app, and no one else can access your photos without you giving them permission. So the chance of your private photos leaking is exactly the same as it was before.
And what if you already have folders of your intimate photos on your phone, secret or otherwise? More power to you. You do you. Got it? Good.
Now back to this weird controversy: It all started when Twitter user @ellieeewbu spotted the search category and took to Twitter to spread the word.