Apple iPhone: Sexting banned thanks to text control app?

Patent filed to automatically delete inappropriate messages

Designed for children, better for celebrities?

Apple has had a patent approved for a "Text-based communication control for personal communication device,” which loosely translates as: a means to stop, disable or delete ‘sexting’ text messages.

The patent, which was filed in 2008, would allow parents to shield their children from inappropriate incoming text messages in a number of ways. The description reads: "If the control contains unauthorized text, the control application may alert the user, the administrator or other designated individuals of the presence of such text. The control application may require the user to replace the unauthorized text or may automatically delete the text or the entire communication."


It goes on to say that “the parental control application evaluates whether or not the communication contains approved text based on, for example, objective ratings criteria or a user's age or grade level,” before initiating one of the blocks detailed above.

Apple concedes that at the moment there is "No way to monitor and control text communications to make them user appropriate,” which is something it’s looking to change. “For example,” the company continues, “users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language.”

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Link: Via TechRadar