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Apple reportedly mops up messaging porn problem on iOS 10

A new way to find and insert animated GIFs into messages creates a conduit for off-color graphics.

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Apple's newest iPhones

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Apple's new iOS 10 software for iPhones and iPads has a nifty new feature: you can search for and insert animated GIF images directly from the Messages app. It appears to have turned not-so-nifty though as people discovered it can be a conduit for porn, too.

Deadspin flagged a My Little Pony image for adults, not kids, with a search for "butt." Gizmodo found some using porn terms but also more ordinary words like "huge." Both sites found search terms that worked before being shut down, indicating that Apple was trying to mop up the situation.

iOS 10, released Tuesday, adds a wealth of new abilities to iPhones and iPads, but its debut has been tarnished. In addition to the naughty GIF images, stability problems have hurt iOS 10, and a major partner, T-Mobile, warned iPhone customers not to upgrade yet because of network connection problems.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.