Apple anti-sexting patent approved

Apple anti-sexting patent approved
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved a patent by Apple, called the "Text-based communication control for personal communication device." The technology will provide parental controls for texting, similar to those available for computers.

The filter will rate messages based on parameters set by the administrators (presumably parents). It will rate the content based on age or grade level of the user, and then either replace the inappropriate segment or cancel the message altogether. The settings can also be such that the administrator is notified of unauthorized messages.

Text message filtering isn't the most exciting new technology. Even so, it's sure to gain the attention of parents who have been subjected to countless TV news warnings about "sexting" among teenagers. While "sexting" isn't named as an intended target of the filter, it will surely be the most affected manner of text communication.

Though some will find this technology a blessing, teenagers will surely see it as another attack on their privacy. Teens might find this is the most invasive control since Sprint's Family Locator service. Perhaps they'll just have to go back to old-fashioned voice calls for their sensitive conversations.

source: TechCrunch via Textually



1. YourMumsA-Man unregistered

Yah what a joke, maybe they have to go back to standard on the bed sensation.

2. hawk62

Posts: 320; Member since: Nov 21, 2009

What they need is a way to have a copy of every text a kid sends.

3. NOVAinc

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 24, 2010

This is nothing but a parental control system. The solution? Be nice with your parents and they will let you do whatever you want... it's gonna work in general. My mom has no problem with the fact that I sleep with my GF on my bed at times, or that we do anything there. Just as I have no problem with her doing so

4. djkhd unregistered

NOVA..letting you sleep with yer GF is REALLY resposible!..lmao!..what about your dad or does he still owe child support!!..this patent probably figures out words to not let them be sent but doesnt mean it wont catch 3 letters to mean full words

5. XxVerbalxX unregistered

kids are gonna screw no matter what, this needs to b done so parents can sleep better but its not going to change anything. didnt when i was a teen, wont now. except when i was a teen we used rubbers and didnt all have kids pumping out at 16.

6. dianaC unregistered

The program is intended to help parents filter teens' text messaging. The stated intention of this program is anti-sexting. Apple's "anti-sexting technology" is built to regulate and control a full range of mobile is a part of parental control settings. to keep children from sending or receiving sexual explicit content, to protect them BUT the fact is that we cannot monitor the way kids stuff their pc or cell..they have their own idea to skip all over, yes.this stuff will bring great help to the parents, but to those busy mom's?

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