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UK Could get Compulsory Porn Filters

UK Could get Compulsory Porn Filters

If you’re a UK reader and you happen to have any children, you could soon be forced to utilise pornography filters in order to “protect” them. This is according the current Prime Minister, David Cameron, and British tabloid rag, the Daily Mail.

Speaking this morning in the sensationalist publication, Cameron said that “nothing matters more than keeping our children safe,” and that he was determined to prevent pornography from undermining childhood innocence. He did however address the reason filters hadn’t been made a mandatory part of having an internet connection and he said that it would be too difficult to enforce. Instead he wants to push for a survey that asks newly connected internet users whether they have children. If they do, the filters are turned on.

Bikini

Claiming Victory next to a story about a surgically enhanced airhead. Way to get your priorities right Mail.

The Daily Mail has hailed this as a success, claiming that it is solely responsible for this turnaround. It even highlighted its own fear mongering headlines, like: “Children grow up addicted to online porn sites,” and “How internet porn turned by beautiful boy into a hollow self-hating shell.” While elsewhere in the world these sorts of deliberately attention grabbing lines are saved for less seriously taken publications, the Daily Mail has a UK readership over over four million, making it one of the country’s most popular newspapers.

Of course all this bombast comes from a paper that fills its pages and website with images of celebrities in bikinis, and critique of their dress sense. If the Daily Mail is really worried about corrupting children, perhaps it should stop pushing such image conscious stories on its pages? Surely that sort of thing affects the psyche as much as nudity can.

This new filter system won’t be that easy to implement though, as many internet connected devices use a variety of different browsers. It would need to be setup at the ISP level to be the catchall that politicians want it to be. Obviously not quite understanding how this would be possible, Cameron has appointed Conservative MP Claire Perry to investigate and to ask ISPs to report on how best to implement it by February next year.

Even if there is a way to setup this filter, is it really morally right? Surely parents have a right to decide at what age they allow their children to view pornography of some kind. And what of new parents? Just because they have a newborn in the house, should they be forbidden from looking at it?

This is an invasion of privacy and free speech, that’s technically difficult to implement.

Good luck with that Mr Cameron.

@jonwhoopty



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