Via BBC News – Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces. What a great idea. Of course the Leftists will hate it, but this isn’t censorship — that is, unless you think it is censorship that porn providers aren’t allowed to send unsolicited porn to your mailbox. Think about it.
Yeah, it may make some people uncomfortable to have to opt-in, but I don’t really care. This will help keep poison away from children — and adults. This is at the root of so many societal problems. If government should have a role in our leaves, this should be one of them.
Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces
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Most households in the UK will have pornography blocked by their internet provider unless they choose to receive it, David Cameron has announced.
In addition, the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape would become illegal in England and Wales – in line with Scotland.
Mr Cameron warned in a speech that access to online pornography was “corroding childhood”.
The new measures will apply to both existing and new customers.
Seven years ago David Cameron told a Google conference that politicians should encourage companies to change, not over-regulate them.
Today, he announced he had reached agreement with the four biggest ISPs on pornography filters, after some behind the scenes tussling.
But he hinted that if search engines like Google didn’t agree to a blacklist of search terms, he would legislate.
From Downing St, he can supplement the art of persuasion with the smack of firm government.
Back in his opposition days, Cameron made waves presenting himself as a man on the side of parents against firms that sold chocolates at checkouts and children’s bikinis.
If he can mould a similar image in Downing St, as a PM doing battle with big business on behalf of fellow parents, he will be more than happy.
Mr Cameron also called for some “horrific” internet search terms to be “blacklisted”, meaning they would automatically bring up no results on websites such as Google or Bing.
He told the BBC he expected a “row” with service providers who, he said in his speech, were “not doing enough to take responsibility” despite having a “moral duty” to do so.
Service providers make money off porn. Of course they will hate this. Too bad the U.S. won’t have the guts to do it. It would be a great campaign strategy for a conservative.