Apple Patents Anti-Sexting Technology

Smut alert gets green light

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    The US Patent and Trademark Office has approved a 2008 patent that prevents users from sending "forbidden content" via text message.

    The dangerous and salacious world of sexting may be getting a little cleaner.

    The US Patent and Trademark Office has approved a 2008 patent that prevents users from sending "forbidden content" via text message.

    The official wording in the "Text-based Communication Control for Personal Communication Device" patent states that "objectionable content" will be removed from the message before it's sent.

    To kids in the care of a concerned adult, that mean no more sexting.

    But how does the iPhone sniff out "objectionable" texts? Parents add the nasty words to a filtering system -- and just like that, the red flag goes up and the message is halted.

    Here's the patent as written in legalese. It's actually quite entertaining to see just how grown-up the world of "sexting" can sound in bulletpoints referring to "the device of claim ..." and "embodiments."