Reddit to Release Fix for iOS App to Remove Clipboard Copying Behavior

The Reddit app has become the latest iOS app to be caught clipboard snooping, or accessing the contents of devices’ clipboards without user permission.

“We tracked this down to a codepath in the post composer that checks for URLs in the pasteboard and then suggests a post title based on the text contents of the URL,” a Reddit spokesperson told The Verge. “We do not store or send the pasteboard contents. We removed this code and are releasing the fix on July 14th.”

Several popular third-party apps have been called out for surreptitiously copying the clipboard, thanks to a feature in iOS 14 beta that alerts users when apps attempt to do so. Apps that have been caught reading user clipboards for no discernible reason include LinkedIn, TikTok, Twitter, Starbucks, Overstock, and more.

LinkedIn said the clipboard copying behavior of its app is a bug and a fix is in the works. TikTok claimed the clipboard access was used as fraud detection to identify “repetitive, spammy behavior,” and subsequently released an iOS update to remove it.


Ahead of the release of ‌‌iOS 14‌‌ beta, two developers issued a report alerting users that ‌iPhone‌ and iPad apps were accessing clipboard content behind the scenes. Apple’s new ‌‌iOS 14‌‌ feature may have been added in response, as there’s no longer a way for apps to quietly read the clipboard without users being alerted to the fact.

Until ‌iOS 14‌ is released to the public, users who are concerned about clipboard snooping are advised to overwrite their clipboard’s contents after they’ve use it to paste sensitive information like passwords, credit cards, bank account information, crypto keys, and so on. This can be done simply by highlighting a word on any web page or in any app and selecting “Copy” in the pop-up menu.


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Apollo for Reddit 1.8 Improves Media Viewing, Sharing Options, and More

Former Apple intern Christian Selig has released version 1.8 of Apollo, the popular Reddit client developed with Apple’s iOS design guidelines in mind.

The latest update focuses on improving the viewing of media. For example GIFs can now be paused and videos play inline with the feed, so users no longer have to tap them in order to see what’s going on at a glance.

Users can also save and share GIFs, while sharing in general has been streamlined and improved within the app. For example, sharing the video file for Reddit videos now automatically merges the video and audio stream.

In addition, users can now share a comment or a post as an image by tapping Share as Image, which will stitch together as many screens as necessary. The option also supports sharing image posts, which is useful for posts that would benefit from having the title merged with the image for context.

Apollo’s latest update also adds iPadOS 13.4 cursor support, and plays nice with the new Reddit awards system and Reddit Polls.


Elsewhere, there are five new app icons to check out, bug fixes, improvements to viewing comments, and more.

Apollo is available for iPhone and iPad on the App Store [Direct Link] as a free download without ads, with optional in-app purchases available to unlock enhanced features such as multiple accounts, gestures, Touch ID or Face ID authentication, and GIF scrubbing.

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