Apple wants to censor your text messages

  • Anto

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    Jun 17, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Apple’s New Anti-Sexting TechnologyApple is continuing its war on sexxy content on your iPhone! The next victim: Text messages. A patent (filed in 2008 ) was just approved for "systems, devices, and methods" of filtering "text-based messages" based on "objectionable content."
    Here's the text of the patent, via TechCrunch:

    Systems, devices, and methods are provided for enabling a user to control the content of text-based messages sent to or received from an administered device. In some embodiments, a message will be blocked (incoming or outgoing) if the message includes forbidden content. In other embodiments, the objectionable content is removed from the message prior to transmission or as part of the receiving process. The content of such a message is controlled by filtering the message based on defined criteria. The criteria may be defined according to a parental control application. These techniques also may be used, in accordance with instructional embodiments, to require the administered devices to include certain text in messages. These embodiments might, for example, require that a certain number of Spanish words per day be included in e-mails for a child learning Spanish.
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    Jun 17, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    Yawn, another copy and pasted forum post.

    Apple owns bajillions of patents and that doesn't mean they will use every one. Apple's only agenda is to make more money, not to censor people.
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    Jun 17, 2011 4:25 PM GMT
    Apple is just trying to get ahead of the curve. Otherwise, mark my words, eventually there will be some Church Lady legislation in Congress to mandate age-based censoring controls. That way, parents can ensure their precious children are never exposed to naughty words.

    Historically, tech/networking/telecom/software companies have typically tried to anticipate federal intrusion and create built-in features they can use as CYA when the inevitable Congressional Hearings are convened. Better to stick it in on your own terms than be forced to take what Congress wants to stick in you.
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    Jun 17, 2011 7:42 PM GMT
    people have to stop going all OMG over patent registrations