From Jack Nicas' "Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy?" in Thursday's New York Times:
A few years ago, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children began disclosing how often tech companies reported cases of child sexual abuse material, commonly known as child pornography, on their products.
Apple was near the bottom of the pack. The company reported 265 cases to the authorities last year, compared with Facebook’s 20.3 million. That enormous gap was largely due, in most cases, to Apple’s electing not to look for such images to protect the privacy of its users.
In late 2019, after reports in The New York Times about the proliferation of child sexual abuse images online, members of Congress told Apple that it had better do more to help law enforcement officials or they would force the company to do so. Eighteen months later, Apple announced that it had figured out a way to tackle the problem on iPhones, while, in its view, protecting the privacy of its users.
My take: Don't know yet who those congresspeople were, but this story fits the timeline of Craig Federighi's narrative. That 2019 child sex abuse report in the New York Times, by the way, is worth a re-visit. The graphics are stunning. It's ironic, given what flowed from the report, that it does not mention Apple.