Phones do have something to do with it - these systems allow for easier and stronger anonymity, and make it possible to spread such rumors faster and wider. They are powerful tools - and like any tool can be used for good or evil. But yes, it does tie into the larger issue of how to deal with rumors, threats, and bullying among children. As I stated earlier there is plenty of room for debate on how to deal with this stuff.
If only there was some way to prevent people from harassing me on this app. I could uninstall it, or just not use it - naw we'll just pressure the company to disable it in my whole area.
And when the whole school is abuzz about how you supposedly raped someone behind the gym last Friday, or fucked Mrs. Fingerwood, or like to use your phone to surreptitiously record other dudes in the locker room, or that someone is planning on stabbing you during the lunch period, or whatever... ignoring the app does what for you, exactly? There's plenty of room for debate about how to deal with the issue, but what happens in the app doesn't stay confined to the app so your specific argument is bogus, +5 insightful or not.
If the security is so good that they need Apple to unlock it then they can easily prove that it's their mom's device because the active account on the device is her mom.
I can't even parse this sentence. How did YOU get modded up? If you're trying to say "it should be obvious that the device belonged to the dead lady because it's the dead lady's account that is attached to the device," that doesn't follow at all because the family has yet to prove the account belongs to the dead lady either! That's the entire issue here - Apple just wants proof from the probate court that both the device and the account belonged to the lady.
No, locking someone's device without their consent is a bug. It shouldn't happen, and Apple is in the wrong for engineering a system which locks the device automatically without the owners's consent.
It's pretty simple. And yes, I know that it seemed like a good idea at the time to the idiot engineer who came up with this "solution". Lots of ideas seem good until the flaws are discovered.
What is all this garbage? It was locked with the owner's consent. The owner unfortunately did not think to leave the keys with her bequest.