In a surprise move, Apple has blocked an email app from its App Store over concerns of inappropriate content, reports have revealed. The email app is called BlueMail and uses a customized version of the latest GPT technology used in ChatGPT. Bluemail co-founder Ben Walloch revealed that Apple told him that the app’s AI-powered content creation capabilities could show results that are not suitable for minors. Apple also recommends using a 17+ age restriction for the app.
Here were the details. Reported by the The Wall Street JournalIn which this concern is mentioned. apple It comes from past controversies about ChatGPT and similar tools where these AI chatbots were giving answers that were either incorrect, misleading or inappropriate. recently, Google Bard also came under scrutiny and lost investor confidence after making a mistake in highlighting discoveries by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
Apple delayed approval of Bluemail.
This AI feature was a new addition to the email app. It used OpenAI’s technology to create its own content-generating chatbot, similar to ChatGPT. This feature will help automate email writing using content from previous emails and calendar events.
Apple sent a message to developers last week saying, “Your app contains AI-generated content but does not currently include content filtering,” the WSJ reported. Based on this, Apple said that the app should be age restricted to 17+ to protect minors from any inappropriate content. Currently, the app’s age restriction is set to 4 and above.
Apple’s 17-and-over age restriction applies to certain categories of apps that may include offensive language, sexual content, and references to drugs.
Speaking with the WSJ, Walluch said the age restriction would be unfair because Apple already allows apps with similar AI functionality without age restrictions.
“Apple is making it really hard for our customers to innovate. We want fairness. If we have to be over 17, so should others,” he told the WSJ.