MacRumors is reporting on a patent that has been awarded to Apple for a feature that would allow parental controls for text-based communication that would filter sexually-explicit messages, or as they’re know “sexts.” The patent was filed in January 2008 and was made public in July of 2009. The invention, in various embodiments, addresses deficiencies […]
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Apple Has Been Awarded 'Anti-Sexting' Patent

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MacRumors is reporting on a patent that has been awarded to Apple for a feature that would allow parental controls for text-based communication that would filter sexually-explicit messages, or as they’re know “sexts.”

The patent was filed in January 2008 and was made public in July of 2009.

The invention, in various embodiments, addresses deficiencies in existing attempts at solutions by providing systems, methods and devices that enable an administrator to control the text-based communications of a user of a text-based communications device through an administrative mode of an intelligent text-based communication control unit or application. The text-based communication control application filters incoming and/or outgoing text-based communications based on administrator-defined criteria.

The proposed filter could either block the entire message, or simply the objectionable material in it, while allowing the message to still be received.

Apple also describes a number of other ways this feature could be used. Examples such as an educational environment to set rules for proper spelling and grammar usage, the use of certain vocabulary words, or even set quotas for the use of certain foreign words by a student learning a new language.

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