What you need to know
- Apple users are reporting growing issues with FaceTime spam calls.
- They come from large groups of users, making them very difficult to stop.
- Users have reported receiving more than 30 calls at a time, and over 300 in just four days.
Multiple users have reported growing concerns around FaceTime spam calls from groups, which makes them very difficult to block.
As reported by ArsTechnica:
According to Apple's support forums, one user reported getting more than 300 calls in just 4 days, saying the problem had been "non-stop". Worse still, some calls were answered accidentally by the user's three-year-old daughter:
As the report explains, it seems users will call a group of other people, who then dial back when the call fails just after it has been answered, the more people who receive the calls, the more people call back:
Whilst Apple has plenty of tools to help stop this sort of thing, unfortunately, the measures fall short because you can't block calls from a FaceTime group, only individual numbers, meaning each caller must be blocked individually. The only sure-fire means of stopping the issue is to switch off FaceTime, which of course stops you from getting all FaceTime calls, not just the ones you don't want.
As the report notes, the simplest fix from Apple would be a tool that would let users block an entire group of FaceTime users, as opposed to individuals, but it's unclear how long that would take to implement, or whether it is even possible.
Have you experienced this growing trend yourself? Let us know!
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9
I deleted FaceTime for this reason. I use Google duo for video calls. The spam I received on FaceTime was ridiculous
I haven't had this issue (knock on wood), but I don't answer Facetime calls I don't recognize, and I darned sure don't call them back.
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