Accidentally reported 1000s of text messages as junk

Henry Krinkle

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I intentionally deleted a year's worth of old text messages from my Messages app.

(These were thousands of messages from dozens of my personal and professional contacts containing videos and photos.)

However, after selecting all the messages prior to deleting them, I accidentally pressed "Report as Junk" rather than "Delete".

My question, directed to someone who actually knows the answer (rather than someone who is merely speculating) is:

By doing this, did I just send the CONTENT of 1000s of my private text messages to Apple? :oops:

Or, did I only send the phone numbers of the contacts whom I'd exchanged all these text messages with?
 

Cheryl

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Apple does not watch over your phone number. But you possibly alerted your cell phone provider with the phone numbers.
 

Henry Krinkle

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Thank you for your reply, Cheryl.

I just found this thread about it on Apple's Communities forum.

In it, a "Community Specialist" (whatever that is) named Allen A. replied with something that looks like it's from Apple which states:

"If you get an iMessage from someone who's not saved in your Contacts, you'll see a Report Junk link under the message. Tap Report Junk, then tap Delete and Report Junk. Messages will forward the sender's information and the message to Apple, as well as delete the message from your device."

All the messages I deleted were from those that are in my Contacts.

So, according to this person, the sender's information and the message are both sent to Apple. It's still a bit unclear whether they meant that messages from anyone in your Contacts list are excluded from this data being sent.
 

Henry Krinkle

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Also, it was not a single message I was deleting (which is what they are referring to in the reply I cited).

It was all of the messages in my Messages app that I selected. I then got the "Delete and Report Junk" button which I clicked on instead of the "Delete" button.
 

Cheryl

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Why would Apple collect a list of 'junk' phone numbers? And I'm not sure why that 'Report Junk' would have showed up as they are on your contact list.

But further down on that thread it says "Since this isn't one you do not wish to block, I recommend not doing anything as you will receive the next message from the sender as long as you didn't block them. If you did block them, it will be shown in Settings > Messages > Blocked."
 

Mhuther

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You Most Likely Reported them to your Cell-Phone Company
 
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