You can now report calendar spam on iCloud.com, support for iOS devices coming soon

By , Dec 11, 2016

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A new kind of spamming technique relying on iCloud Calendar has caused and continues to cause a lot of pain as these unwanted invites hit users’ email inboxes and trigger a notification. As noted on Reddit, the iCloud Calendar web app seems to have gained a new link for reporting spammy calendar invites and blocking their senders.

This feature will be rolling out to the stock Calendar app on iOS devices soon, an Apple representative allegedly told a disgruntled customer.

This new link, titled “Report as Junk,” should be visible on iCloud Calendar invites from people who are not in your contacts. “This sender is not in your contacts,” reads the prompt. Simply click Report Junk if this is an unsolicited invite.

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Upon choosing to report the sender, you see a dialog asking you to confirm the action.

“Junk invitations are automatically deleted from your Calendar,” reads the prompt. If you accidentally reported the invite as junk, just click the link Not Junk to revert the action, which will undelete the invite.

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Just to clarify, you still have options to Accept, Decline or Maybe the invite.

If you’ve been getting spam invites on iCloud Calendar, you may now be able to block those senders with the Report Junk link on iCloud Calendar on the web. As mentioned, the Reddit poster was told by an Apple representative that reporting spam in Calendar will be rolling out on iOS soon.

The rep did not specify whether the upcoming iOS 10.2 software update or a subsequent release will fix the issue, neither did he say anything about macOS 10.12.2 Sierra potentially fixing this problem, but we’ll keep you posted.

For what it’s worth, I can confirm that the stock Calendar app in the latest betas of iOS 10.2 and macOS 10.12.2 Sierra does not contain this spam-reporting link. At any rate, Apple’s acknowledged the issue and confirmed it’s working on a fix.

“We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations,” said Apple lsat month. “We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent.”

In the meantime, our own Sébastien Page has put together a quick tutorial laying out a few things you can do to disable calendar invite spam on your iPhone, iPad or Mac, and delete events you might have accepted.

Séb suspects Apple may have taken care of the spammers server side.

“I’m sure they’ve put filters in place where spammers are automatically blocked,” he wrote on Slack. “Doesn’t look like it would be too hard to do either.”

Source: Reddit via iGen.fr (Google Translate)

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  • Rob

    I haven’t had any more spam since that first week or so of bombardment. Either my method of ignoring them worked or like u say apple has sorted it out server side, kudos to them if they have.

  • DD™

    Same here. Nothing. Looks like Apple took care of the issue in their side. 🙂

  • Jamessmooth

    These have grinded to a halt for me. I was getting at least one a week. Big time kudos to Apple if they killed this thing that fast.

  • Agneev Mukherjee

    “I’m sure they’ve put filters in place where spammers are automatically blocked,” he wrote on Slack. “Doesn’t look like it would be too hard to do either.”

    I’m sure this is one place where you wouldn’t like to publish group convos.

  • Charlie

    Well I would like to know how did this company/person managed to get everyone’s email address like that?

    • Kaptivator

      I was thinking the same thing…

    • sg1969

      they didn’t. They just use random addresses. or they got hem from a dodgy website that sells user info, whatever. They’re not targeting anyone, they’re just blasting the email out to all the addresss they can find and hope for the best.

  • sg1969

    what’s the point, they all come from different addresses so there’s no point reporting them