Many Apple users have been experiencing the ‘iCloud Calendar spam‘ in the last few weeks. This form of spam that has been around for years got media’s attention when a recent campaign about cheap RayBan glasses affected a large number of iCloud users during the Black Friday week. Right after the spam Apple was at the receiving end of criticism, as the company didn’t provide any way for the user to get rid of the spam without notifying the sender that the spam invitation has been responded to nor there was any way of reporting the offender to Apple.
Now it seems like Apple has started damage control as a new ‘Report Junk’ feature has appeared on iCloud.com. The new feature makes it possible for users to report spammy iCloud event invites that appear in their calendars to Apple. Once the spam is reported to Apple, the company might prevent the same account from sending you any further invitations and even block that account. Report Junk feature for iCloud invitations has only been rolled out on iCloud.com, however it is very likely that it will make its debut for iOS and macOS Calendar apps in the upcoming software updates.
So for now if you receive any spammy invitation you have to open iCloud.com and use the website’s Calendar web app in order to report junk invites. The report junk button appears for event invites from people that are not in your contacts list. That means it may also appear next to a legitimate invite when the person sending it is not in your contacts list. Once an invite has been marked as junk it will automatically disappear from your Calendar.