An Apple patent filing for technology that prevents iPhone users from sending or receiving texts containing ‘objectionable’ language has been granted approval in the US.
The application, which was filed back in 2008, is for what Apple describes as a "text-based communication control for personal communication device”.
This equates to a feature to be used in phones that could prevent younger user from indulging in so-called sexting in SMS messages.
Methods that could be used for this include alerts to user or their custodians when salty language features in a text, according to the filing. Apple also mentions employing a blanket block on profane language through deleting the words when the message is finished.
The filing states: “In one embodiment, the control application includes a parental control application.
“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, and, if unauthorized, prevents such text from being included in the text-based communication.”
News of the patent is sure to reignite controversy over what many see as Apple’s overly censorious approach to its products
Earlier this year, pornographic apps were banned from the App Store, with CEO Steve Jobs slamming Google for allowing adult content on its own software download market.