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Apple announces iMessage spam reporting tool

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Apple’s iMessage is about to get a whole lot better. Gone are the days when iMessage spam keeps rolling in to the point where you want to chuck your iPhone against the wall. According to an Apple Support document, users will now be able to send spam reports directly to Apple to be addressed. This is great news because it helps the company keep track of and prevent spammers from sending iMessages to more than one user before being reported. It isn’t all spam, as users can also report any unwanted messages, likely those from telemarketers and other brands that constantly send pesky updates.

To report unwanted iMessage messages to Apple, please send an email with the following details to: imessage.spam@icloud.com

Include a screenshot of the message you have received.
Include the full email address or phone number you received the unwanted message from.
Include the date and time that you received the message.

Prior to this tool, iOS users were not able to take any action to prevent these messages, which can be very frustrating. It seems Apple is taking control of the situation and is now willing to address the issue. Even so, it will be interesting to see how efficient Apple will be in managing all of the spam reports they receive. I have received spam messages in the past, so it will be great to finally be able to report them to Apple. Even if they don’t do much to prevent it, just knowing the company is aware will put my mind at ease.

Via [TUAW]

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