Parents will soon have a new tool to prevent their kids from sexting on an iPhone. Apple has created a text blocker to filter out certain explicit language, including abbreviated words that other similar programs may miss, according to CNN. The patent document actually says:
If the control contains unauthorized 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.
A blogger at Tech Crunch points out that people who really want to send salacious messages will invent workarounds that don’t set off the censors. And oh, by the way, the patent addresses only words, not photos. So this won’t be the end of sexting, but it may be a step.