Tim Sweeney minced no words when he described in a tweet what he thinks of Apple’s upcoming child abuse detection/scanning tool. Sweeney believes the tool is “government spyware installed by Apple based on a presumption of guilt.”
The Epic Games CEO went on to explain in his Twitter thread that Apple’s tool differs greatly from a content moderation system as the tool is designed to scan private user data and will report offensive content to the government.
Citing a New York Times article, Sweeney also pointed out how Apple has already been compliant in the practice of state surveillance when it compromised and supported China’s aggressive monitoring policies on its citizens.
Ironically, though, Epic Games is partly owned by Chinese tech company Tencent, another company with heavy involvement in the Chinese government.
Epic Games and Apple have an ongoing legal battle over the latter’s alleged anti-competitive practices in the iOS App Store.