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Apple’s mission to stop you ‘sexting’

Starred swear word in speech bubble

Apple’s patented a way to censor the naughty words from our text messages. It’s all in an attempt to help parents and jealous partners stop their loved ones sending rude messages, or ‘sexting’.

It’s true, our profanity filter here at Which? Convo has been a little over sensitive. Starring out words like ‘passenger’ and ‘glasses’ due to the apparent saucy words contained within them.

We know, that’s ridiculous. We’re not really that prudish, so we’re working hard to lighten things up a bit. But Apple’s doing the opposite – it’s patented a way to stop your iPhone sending rude texts.

Well, this obviously isn’t about your iPhone. For one, you wouldn’t censor yourself. And two, you’re not the type of person to swear are you? Ok, I’ll take that as a ‘no comment’.

It’s likely that parents are the main target. They’ll be able to stop their kids from engaging in saucy sexting before they’ve come of age. And as CNET UK points out, your controlling other half might be tempted to add the software to your phone, too.

The granted patent works by checking texts before they’re sent – if they’re stuffed with mischievous vocabulary they won’t leave your outbox. An administrator could even be notified of your despicable language and give you a right good telling off. And not in a kinky way.

The system could also block incoming crude messages, but that’d be no fun at all – what drunk messages would you have to laugh at on a Saturday night? But perhaps there’s a silver lining – txtz wit bad grama cud b rujectd or curectd! Are you looking forward to the day when our text censoring overlords arrive?


If this really is aimed at parents to take more control of what their kids are sending I think Apple has underestimated children. The little bar stewards will always find a way round.

Adam Tingle says:
16 October 2010

If anything this had me want to take up Sexting.


As if kids wouldn’t find a way to work around it in seconds – censorship is rather pointless – how about education and treating them with respect – Sounds like Apple have been to Scun(t)horpe


Yes – no doubt a way will be found. Jailbreak no doubt. And hurray for our profanity filter not being as sensitive as it used to be!


Feel sorry for any kids that are Arsenal fans.

(and not just because of who they support :))

Gloria Edwards says:
20 October 2010

Who are Apple to set themselves up as censors
and guardian of people’s morals?



are they going to stop teens making up words too?

g8t 5ex

Roland says:
21 October 2010

“We’re not really that prude”. You mean prudish? You write like an *ss.


Sometimes they slip through Roland, and though our standards are high we try not to be too *nal. 🙂 Thanks for spotting it though, we’ve made a quick edit.

Mitch says:
23 October 2010

..or parents could just bring up their kids to think for themselves, giving them knowledge about the real world and a sense of responsibility.

It’s greater to bring a child up on knowledge and responsibility; rather than fear and ignorance.