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Apr 12, 2001

Earlier this afternoon, a bug with the Apple News app caused notifications for a single CNN news story to be sent out to iPhone and iPad users over and over again.

The issue, which lasted for approximately 15 minutes, appears to have impacted all Apple News subscribers who had alerts turned on for CNN based on a slew of complaints that popped up on reddit, Twitter, and the MacRumors forums.


It wasn't clear if the problem was with CNN or the Apple News app, but on Twitter, CNN claims it was the latter. According to the news organization, CNN only sent a single notification, and the company is working with Apple to identify the problem.

We are aware that some Apple News users recently received multiples of the same alert. Our server log shows CNN sent only one. We are working with Apple to identify their issue, as users on CNN-owned platforms did not experience a problem. Apologies to those who did. - CNN Communications (@CNNPR) January 30, 2018

Customers who were affected by the repeated notifications received somewhere around a hundred notifications, and the notifications in question were interrupting normal device operation. It appears that the issue centered around a single CNN news story, but we've also seen reports that some notifications from Fox News also repeated.

@MacRumors is anyone getting nonstop @CNN alerts about the Hawaii false alert? I have the alert turned off and still getting them. - Tom Cheung (@tommyknockrs) January 30, 2018

The only fix for the issue at the time was to turn off Apple News notifications, but the problem was resolved by Apple quickly and customers who did turn off their notifications due to the CNN alert bug can now safely re-enable them.

Article Link: CNN Blames Apple for Apple News Bug That Caused Repeat Notifications
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macrumors 6502
Oct 27, 2007
I've been getting them for other subscribed channels, so it's not just CNN. They started earlier this afternoon, then stopped, then started up again about 15 minutes ago. So it seems like something on Apple's servers. I finally just turned off notifications for News entirely.

Edit - to add, it was the same news notification both earlier and then recently, it wasn't different stories.
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May 7, 2017
I wasn't aware that anyone used the Apple News app any more.
I don't use it, but I have the notifications for the app turned on ... and I got bombarded with a trillion notifications today for the same thing. Just turned off the notifications for the app.


Sep 13, 2014
It happened to me. Same notification coming up repeatedly. I just turned off notifications for Apple news. That did it.
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macrumors newbie
Apr 7, 2011
I had the same thing happen with CNN. Asked a friend if he was having issues with the CNN app (didn’t realize it was the news app until I couldn’t find the CNN app. Only problem was the alerts were going off on my watch! It was so frustrating! It eventually stopped, only for Fox News to start up! I was like F this! I powered off my phone and forgot to turn it back on. Realized an hour later. Luckily I was at work and didn’t need my phone for anything super important.
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Jan 10, 2012
I had notifications for news off and my wife had them on - neither of us got the notifications - nor did any of my family. I guess none of us have turned on CNN notifications. lol.


macrumors 603
May 14, 2012
Must be an iOS 11 bug. Hadn't had any problem with FoxNews app on iOS 10. Have notifications off for CNN.
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