There's Already a Conspiracy Theory About iOS 14
Nothing gold can stay, which means it was only a matter of time before everyone’s beautifully customized iOS home screens became the subject of an internet conspiracy. Thankfully, QAnon isn’t involved (yet), but a viral Facebook post that’s made its way onto Twitter alleges that apps like Widgetsmith, which allow for the colorful buttons and pictures that can turn your home screen into a 2020 MySpace page, can hack your data via “keylogging.”
“They were able to track everything I typed,” the post reads. “And somehow was able to see my texts when apps texted me requesting a verification code. They entered the codes, and got into my apps.”
🚨🚨 IF YOU DID THE WIDGETSMITH APP ON YOUR IPHONE👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼🚨🚨 pic.twitter.com/gPVnv9aRAY— Mama Chey👩👧👦 (@cheyycandyyx2) September 27, 2020
The poster says she shared her experience in a number of groups and found others dealing with the same thing. Except the claim has been widely debunked on Twitter.
“I've seen a number of references to an article being circulated on Facebook that apps like Widgetsmith must include key loggers because of keyboard issues experienced after installing iOS 14,” Widgetsmith creator David Smith tweeted. “For Widgetsmith I can state categorically and absolutely that this is not true.”
Instead, it appears this conspiracy bloomed from two unrelated events: slower phones thanks to the sophistication of the iOS update, and a new feature that came with the update that alerts users if their passwords have been compromised in a data breach. But as 9to5Mac points out, this includes breaches that occurred long before the update.
Despite an overwhelming number of replies to the viral tweet credibly refuting the Facebook post, the tweet has continued to spread. Over 9,000 retweets later, this internet rule of thumb has never been more true: From conspiracy theories to anti-vaccine propaganda, don’t believe everything you read on Facebook.