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An image shared on Facebook claims Apple is disabling the emergency broadcast system on iPhones in its latest software update.
There is no evidence Apple disabled the emergency broadcast system in its latest update, though users may choose to disable emergency alerts on their personal devices.
In recent days, some social media users have been sharing posts claiming that “Apple is shutting off the emergency broadcast system through an update.” The posts seem to be referring to the Emergency Alert System, which “allows the president to address the American people within 10 minutes during a national emergency” through “broadcasters, satellite digital audio services, direct broadcast satellite providers, cable television systems and wireless cable systems,” according to the Ready.gov website.
There is, however, no indication that the newest software update did such a thing. The description of Apple’s newest update, iOS 14.3, on Apple’s website does not mention that the emergency alerts were disabled. Such a move is also not mentioned on the webpage about the security content of iOS 14.3. (RELATED: Does Dialing ‘#21#’ Reveal If Your IPhone Is WireTapped?)
While Apple does allow users to disable government emergency alerts, this is not a new feature that came with iOS 14.3. A page on Apple’s support website published in August 2019 shows users how to disable government alerts, which are enabled by default. Check Your Fact confirmed on an iPhone that the option to turn off notifications for government alerts is available under the “notifications” section in the settings app.
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