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UK newspapers tell Apple its ‘web eraser’ will put journalism at risk

Following AppleInsider’s discovery that Safari will add the ability to selectively turn off online ads, UK newspaper groups have complained to Apple.

A Safari address bar showing a tool dropdown with mentions of 'Erase' and 'Intelligent Browsing' options. A Safari icon is on the left with the text 'Safari 18' below it.
Safari getting new AI tools in iOS 18

The Safari feature AppleInsider uncovered in April 2024 will mean users can elect to automatically remove certain parts of web pages, most likely adverts. It’s expected that the feature will be released as part of iOS 18, and it will be part of Apple’s AI announcements at WWDC.

According to the Financial Times, news of this feature has prompted the UK’s News Media Association to complain. While the Financial Times says that a letter has been sent to Apple’s government affairs chief in the UK, about this feature’s threat to the future of journalism.

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