UK PM Implements “Porn Filter” Turned on by Default

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, has announced and begun to implement a UK wide “porn filter”. The filter, which is being forced upon the major Internet providers in the UK, which means it will affect roughly 95% of the population, will by default block explicit content by installing a family filter. New users will have the filter applied by default, and will have to make a conscious decision to disable it. Existing users will be contacted by their Internet provider and will be asked whether they want to turn on or off the filter.

The legislation has other impacts on the Internet in the UK as well, with “blacklists” for certain “horrific” search terms on search engines, such as Google. It also makes the possession of explicit content depicting rape illegal in all of the UK, where it was originally only illegal in Scotland.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

 

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