London: Consumer electronics company Apple has been awarded a patent to stop users from “Sexting”, or sending inappropriate message from their phones.
The “control application” works by ensuring that those who use it will not be able to send anything that uses suggestive or potentially incriminating words.
Apple has not released the details of how it works, but only revealed that its 2008 application with the U.S. patent office has finally been approved.
The computing giant envisages it could be used by parents who want to monitor what their children are texting and prevent them using rude language.
“For example, users such as children may send or receive messages (intentionally or not) with parentally objectionable language,” the Daily Mail quoted the company as saying.
“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 unauthorised, prevents such text from being included in the text-based communication.
“If the control contains unauthorised 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 added.