“Basically, Apple added some code to iOS with the goal that phones in China wouldn’t display a Taiwanese flag,” Patrick Wardle, a former NSA staffer, told Wired.
Every time the Taiwanese flag emoji appeared on his friend’s phone, the app that displayed it caused the phone to “instantly crash,” Wired reported.
“I could send her a message and this emoji of death would crash her phone,” Wardle told Wired.
Wardle told Wired he doesn’t know how many devices are impacted or why it may only impact certain devices.
But the Taiwanese flag censorship still remains and Apple was mum on explaining how that works, the report states.