In Brief

New technology could help curb age-inappropriate messaging.

In a decision expected to help ensure appropriate usage of communication tools among young media consumers, Apple has been granted a patent that will prevent “age-inappropriate” messages or suggestive media, otherwise known as “sexting”, to be sent via iPhones.

Filed in 2008 and approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office, the anti-sexting technology patent concerns “systems, devices and methods for filtering “text-based messages” that contain “objectionable content, ” thus allowing Apple to carry out censorship rules among the texting young public.

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