Apple has been awarded the patent for technology which will could censor messages sent from iPhones that contain swear words and suggestive language, also known an 'sexting'.
The patent, which was filed by Apple back in 2008, involves "systems, devices and methods" that can be used for filtering text messages that contain objectionable content, sent or received to and from an iPhone.
The Telegraph reports that Apple explained in the patent application: "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 technology is set to be part of a planned parental control application, which will allow parents to define a banned list of keywords, tech news site Thinq reports.
“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," the application reads.