Apple has released a new option, the Report Junk, which should help users get rid of the unwanted and potentially intruding Calendar spam issue.
Earlier this month and starting with November, some iOS users have been reporting spam Calendar invites.
The iCalendar system feature was the target of a series of spam message invitations. Upon declining them, the invites were reported to become even more persistent.
As Apple maintained its silence over the first few days, it then went to recognize the spam issue. In a company tweet released on November 30, Apple confirmed that it was working on solving the problem.
One of the first and most efficient such measures is the newly released Report Junk. The feature was first spotted by a media site and should be quite easy to use.
According to media reports, the option will add a new link on the iCloud.com web page. The link will allow the removal of the spam invites.
This should protect against the reappearance of the said invite. A report will also be sent to Apple so that the company developers can investigate it and its sender.
For the moment, the new feature has only been made available for the web-based Calendar app version. A full release for both its desktop and mobile apps is expected soon.
Although the Report Junk has only been rolled up for the web, it is still a useful feature. As the web version offers a sync option, a spam-free Calendar should be ensured across all synchronized devices.
Following a spam report via the web version said invite should disappear from the iOS apps as well as the MacOS.
The current lack of desktop and mobile app support may encumber some users. However, the available removal system is quite simple and easy to use.
Users will only have to sign in on the iCloud.com website by using their Apple ID. After accessing the Calendar app, they should search for the spam invite. A new link should appear under the sender’s name.
After clicking the Report Junk link, the problem should be solved. Before logging off, users are advised to check their sync options.
As such, they can rest assured that the spam has been removed from all the connected devices.
The option should come as a relief to the users that base their daily activities around the Calendar app. As the issue started back in November, Black Friday sales were seen as a peak spam invites period.
A number of options had already been made available so as to get rid of the unwanted invites.
One of the most useful options was simply ignoring and not clicking on the invite. However, as the number of such invites continued to grow, the Calendar could get quite crowded.
Previous reports showed that by clicking on them, the spam invite sender was alerted of the active status of the user. This may have prompted them to send even more spam.
For users that chose to way the desktop or mobile app Report Junk versions, previous solutions are still available.
These included either a calendar workaround or a disabling of the in-app notifications.
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