Under the updated terms of a recent software update, Apple has looked to avoid “creating some unwanted memories,” by preventing Holocaust-related pictures from making it to its auto-generated photo albums.
First reported by 9to5Mac, Apple recently changed its software so that pictures taken at Holocaust sites are suppressed from automatically generated albums that can be created through the company’s Photos app. This new change affects iPhone and iPad users using the latest Apple operating system, last week.
The tweak comes amid growing concern about Holocaust trivialization in selfies and photomontages made possible by portable device technology. Pictures of visitors to concentration camp sites smiling, jumping, and dressed inappropriately have drawn criticism when they are shared on social media.
According to the update, photos that the machine determines were taken at Auschwitz, Majdanek and several other former Nazi death camps in Poland and beyond will not be featured on automatically-generated photo albums created using Apple’s Memories feature.
This list of locations includes Israel’s Yad Vashem Memorial; the Dachau concentration camp in Germany; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; the Berlin Holocaust Memorial; the Schindler Factory in Krakow; the Belzec, Chelmno, Treblinka and Sobibor death camps in Poland and the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.