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New UK "Anti-Porn" Web Filters Block Gay & Sex Education Sites

David_cameronEarlier this year, the United Kingdom had its four major internet service providers turn on parental filters to — as Prime Minister David Cameron put it — "protect children and their innocence" from online porn.

Over the coming year, the web-filters will automatically be applied approximately 95 percent of all home internet services unless otherwise requested by customers.

However, the filters have predictably blocked a lot more than just porn including sites for "child protection charities, women’s charities and gay rights groups" as well as sites covering sex education, addiction and abuse.

The filters have also blocked access to sites belonging to the British Library, the National Library of Scotland and political figures who supported the so-called "anti-porn web filters" to begin with.

Software developers have already created an extension for the Google Chrome browser which bypasses the filters for unfettered access to the web — it is called "Go Away Cameron" after the Prime Minister who supported the filters.

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  1. Wow, WTF UK? Why are you guys all so obsessed with pedophilia? Every single story leads there.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Dec 27, 2013 10:11:10 AM


  2. The first step to a V for Vendetta life in the UK!

    Posted by: Ev | Dec 27, 2013 10:20:44 AM


  3. It is tiring having to live an adult life in "child safe' mode. If I were a parent, I would be much more alarmed if my child could access religious or racist sites (what's the difference, really).

    Posted by: Steve | Dec 27, 2013 10:43:52 AM


  4. You don't need the Chrome extension since you can opt out of the filters for now. I'm sure that the Conservatives will try to make them mandatory in a couple more years.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 27, 2013 11:03:06 AM


  5. Why can't parents "protect" their own children?

    Posted by: elwoodl | Dec 27, 2013 11:25:49 AM


  6. And this is why you don't allow the government to censor or regulate speech. It can and will be used against you some day. Let that be a lesson to those who want "hate speech" to be illegal in the US.

    Posted by: jack | Dec 27, 2013 11:34:55 AM


  7. @ STEVE :
    I totally agree; religious sites are much more invasive and manipulative.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Dec 27, 2013 11:39:40 AM


  8. Actually, it blocks quite a bit that couldn't conceivably have anything to do with porn, by design.

    It also blocks: "violent material", "extremist related content", "anorexia and eating disorder websites", "suicide related websites", "alcohol", "smoking", "web forums", "esoteric material", and of course "web blocking circumvention tools".

    (that was no typo, it's definitely "esoteric")

    It's yet more evidence that we need to start serving the internet to ourselves in a strongly decentralized way.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 27, 2013 12:23:05 PM


  9. Is there a filter to block the cruel, homophobic, greed-driven, error-filled writings of Dan Villarreal?

    Posted by: Sam | Dec 27, 2013 12:24:25 PM


  10. I find violent videogames for damaging to children's social health that running into a porn site. But of course, there's nothing more dangerous than the picture of a penis.

    Posted by: Felix | Dec 27, 2013 12:25:19 PM


  11. surveillance cameras, porn filters, hate speech laws...george orwell was a prophet

    Posted by: Jaker | Dec 27, 2013 12:29:15 PM


  12. Clearly keeping pornography out of the reach of children is a very good idea. It must be technologically possible to see that those filters only block pornographic sexual content. Filters that block the violent content within the reach of children is also a worthy goal. Exposure to sex and violence, at a young age, can interfere with the healthy psychological development of children.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 27, 2013 1:04:42 PM


  13. No Andrew, it's not. Parents should watch their own kids, and if they can't then they shouldn't have kids. Imposing restrictions on everyone because parents are incompetent is not a good thing.

    Posted by: Hyde | Dec 27, 2013 2:16:32 PM


  14. Damn. Russians are weird.

    Oh, wait.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 27, 2013 3:18:13 PM


  15. There is zero evidence that watching porn hurts children in any way whatsoever. Further getting around this crap is easy. You can download the Chrome extension or sign up for a free VPN service and you're done.

    Posted by: Jason Young | Dec 27, 2013 3:54:46 PM


  16. JASON YOUNG: You don't need some University study to tell you that watching porn harms children. It can sexualize them at an early age, give them the idea that women are sex objects to be used by men, that good sex involves things like bondage and humiliation etc etc . Just like watching violence desensitizes the child to the real dangers of physical violence watching porn interferes with the child's healthy psychological development. We should install whatever technology is needed to keep sex and violence out of the reach of children. HYDE's argument (above) that parent's who can't keep a 24/7 watch on what their children are viewing shouldn't have children is absurd. Anyone who knows anything about children knows that it is impossible to keep tabs on everything that they are doing. Some technological assistance is warranted.

    Posted by: andrew | Dec 28, 2013 12:30:01 AM


  17. Sure. And masturbation causes blindness. Right, Andrew? I don't need any studies to tell me that's true. It sounds pretty true to me.

    We should lock all of our children into chastity belts and throw away the keys. That way they can't touch themselves and neither will anybody else. After all, you can't watch them every minute.

    Posted by: FFS | Dec 28, 2013 10:32:48 AM


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