Online Porn: UK Government Will Make You Opt In To Watch

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Following pressure from the government, leading internet service providers in the UK will soon make customers actively choose whether they want to watch porn online or not.

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Basically, you will probably be contacted soon by a nice lady who works for your broadband provider. She’ll want to know whether to give you access to ‘adult content’ or not, and you’ll have to tell her yes or no. So you’ll more or less be telling a randomer that yes, you do want to watch porn, and you do want access to all things ‘adult’.

You have none other than Dave Cameron to thank for this, who has been pressuring the likes of BT, Virgin, TalkTalk and Sky for the past couple of years. It’s part of a crack down on the ability to access the more mature content that the internet provides. Or in other words, it’s another way to limit the freedom you have online.

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Reporting on the censorship for The Guardian, Laurie Penny writes:

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The government’s filter, which comes into full effect this month after a year of lobbying, will block far more than dirty pictures. That was always the intention, and in recent weeks it has become clear that the mission creep of internet censorship is even creepier than campaigners had feared.

In the name of protecting children from a rotten tide of raunchy videos, a terrifying precedent is being set for state control of the digital commons.

In other words, this year is going to be a big year for censorship, and that’s not good for the consumer. Furthermore, while it will never be hard to find something ‘adult themed’ on the internet, anonymously, the fact that they’re starting to censor ANYTHING in this way is bad.

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Don’t expect them to stop here.

[H/T Metro]

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