Plan for automatic porn blocking receives backing in East Lancashire

PLANS to have pornography blocked by web providers unless households choose to allow it has been welcomed.

‘Family friendly’ filters are set to be automatically introduced for new and existing customers, in a bid to stop images ‘corroding childhood’.

Former Home Secretary and Blackburn MP Jack Straw, who was involved in the creation of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection centre, said he was glad the measures would be brought into place.

He said: “Some of the images that are available online are horrible.These plans are a good idea.

“I agree it is an infringement of freedoms, but freedom of speech has to be qualified.

“It is essential that we take greater measures to stop people being able to access illegal images which exploit children.”

Prime Minister David Cameron also announced that possessing online pornography depicting rape would be illegal, bringing England and Wales in line with Scotland.

He also called for some ‘horrific’ internet search terms to be blacklisted, meaning they will automatically bring up no results on search engines.

Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle said he supported Mr Cameron’s plans ‘wholeheartedly’.

He said: “We need to do something to stop this awful pornographic material flying around the internet. It is corroding childhood.

“I have got children and grandchildren and some of the stuff I am told is on the internet is particularly horrendous.

“The people peddling this sort of material are utterly depraved.”

CEOP chief executive Peter Davies said he agreed measures should be stepped up to make the internet a ‘more hostile place for child sex offenders’.

He said: “Let’s not lose sight that every child abuse image is a crime scene and every time an image is accessed the child is being re-victimised.

“Also, those who access child abuse images often have a sexual interest in children which manifests itself in other even more harmful ways.

“Anything which helps stop the distribution of this material or deters those who feed the market by accessing it online can only be a good thing “Working with leading companies like Microsoft, Google and Facebook, we’re ready to hear their ideas on other ways to stop child abuse material being viewed online.”

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6:11pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Would it be possible to have a filter that blocks Jack Straw because I find him very offensive.
Would it be possible to have a filter that blocks Jack Straw because I find him very offensive. Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 7

7:53pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Dave_P says...

total madness when it takes only a few seconds to set this up yourself at home..
censorship of the internet and everyone is clamouring for it..
you have all been duped into asking for something the government have been planning for years
total madness when it takes only a few seconds to set this up yourself at home.. censorship of the internet and everyone is clamouring for it.. you have all been duped into asking for something the government have been planning for years Dave_P
  • Score: 4

8:26pm Tue 23 Jul 13

happycyclist says...

Have I understood this correctly? Instead of opting out, adults now have to opt in? What's the big deal? It's a small price to pay to help try to ensure that children are allowed to have a childhood, instead of exposing them to stuff that they simply don't need to see at a young age.
Have I understood this correctly? Instead of opting out, adults now have to opt in? What's the big deal? It's a small price to pay to help try to ensure that children are allowed to have a childhood, instead of exposing them to stuff that they simply don't need to see at a young age. happycyclist
  • Score: 1

8:26pm Tue 23 Jul 13

happycyclist says...

Michael@ClitheroeSin
ce58
wrote:
Would it be possible to have a filter that blocks Jack Straw because I find him very offensive.
LOL!
[quote][p][bold]Michael@ClitheroeSin ce58[/bold] wrote: Would it be possible to have a filter that blocks Jack Straw because I find him very offensive.[/p][/quote]LOL! happycyclist
  • Score: 4

10:37pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Graham Hartley says...

Jack says “Some of the images that are available online are horrible...."

Upon what evidence does he take this view? The best, we can suppose - that he has seen them.
Jack says “Some of the images that are available online are horrible...." Upon what evidence does he take this view? The best, we can suppose - that he has seen them. Graham Hartley
  • Score: 3

11:19pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Stone Island: says...

It's ironic that he's trying to block ****, when he's one of the biggest w**k**s in the country.
It's ironic that he's trying to block ****, when he's one of the biggest w**k**s in the country. Stone Island:
  • Score: 4

11:26pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Stone Island: says...

Stone Island: wrote:
It's ironic that he's trying to block ****, when he's one of the biggest w**k**s in the country.
Why has the word p.orn been censored, when it is USED IN THE HEADLINE of the article? What a joke of a paper!
[quote][p][bold]Stone Island:[/bold] wrote: It's ironic that he's trying to block ****, when he's one of the biggest w**k**s in the country.[/p][/quote]Why has the word p.orn been censored, when it is USED IN THE HEADLINE of the article? What a joke of a paper! Stone Island:
  • Score: 3

11:36pm Tue 23 Jul 13

Scooby says...

Interesting that he doesn't dare stop some newspapers showing soft p.orn on page 3 every day...
Interesting that he doesn't dare stop some newspapers showing soft p.orn on page 3 every day... Scooby
  • Score: 2

7:49am Wed 24 Jul 13

BuckoTheMoose says...

"“I agree it is an infringement of freedoms, but freedom of speech has to be qualified. "

No it doesn't. Freedom of speech is exactly that.

Anyway, this new censorship will not work. Children are very technologically savvy and will easily find ways around it if they want to.

Blanket filters will not only block ****, but will block a whole host of other websites by mistake. A blanket filter cannot surgically target one specific type of page.

After **** there will be a long list of other pages people want banned, starting with terrorism and suicide and moving on to tobacco, booze and every other little pet peeve.

The only effective way to 'protect our children' (I'm sorry, whose children?) is for parents to fit their own web filters (Easy to do and can be tailored to fit individual needs).

Parents can also watch their childrens internet use if necessary, by not letting them have unsupervised access and by not buying them very expensive and unneccessary gadgets.

Making every adult who does not want to be subject to government censorship sign up to a 'pervs database', just in case some kiddies may see ****, is not the way forward.

It's up to adults to supervise children. We live in an adult world, not Never Never Land.
"“I agree it is an infringement of freedoms, but freedom of speech has to be qualified. " No it doesn't. Freedom of speech is exactly that. Anyway, this new censorship will not work. Children are very technologically savvy and will easily find ways around it if they want to. Blanket filters will not only block ****, but will block a whole host of other websites by mistake. A blanket filter cannot surgically target one specific type of page. After **** there will be a long list of other pages people want banned, starting with terrorism and suicide and moving on to tobacco, booze and every other little pet peeve. The only effective way to 'protect our children' (I'm sorry, whose children?) is for parents to fit their own web filters (Easy to do and can be tailored to fit individual needs). Parents can also watch their childrens internet use if necessary, by not letting them have unsupervised access and by not buying them very expensive and unneccessary gadgets. Making every adult who does not want to be subject to government censorship sign up to a 'pervs database', just in case some kiddies may see ****, is not the way forward. It's up to adults to supervise children. We live in an adult world, not Never Never Land. BuckoTheMoose
  • Score: 5

9:39am Wed 24 Jul 13

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

Anything that gets blocked just use a proxy server I prefer high speed ones in Russia, this will get you through The Great Wall Of Staw
Anything that gets blocked just use a proxy server I prefer high speed ones in Russia, this will get you through The Great Wall Of Staw Michael@ClitheroeSince58
  • Score: 0

11:12am Wed 24 Jul 13

district01 says...

More safe words from a safe seat politician. One who will always be known for helping make wars because of a lie where thousands of people lost their lives unnecessarily can no longer be taken seriously, especially now in his retirement. But we should now be asking how this clever manipulator will he be able to provide his son with his safe seat in Blackburn. Watch this eventually happen Blackburn people!
More safe words from a safe seat politician. One who will always be known for helping make wars because of a lie where thousands of people lost their lives unnecessarily can no longer be taken seriously, especially now in his retirement. But we should now be asking how this clever manipulator will he be able to provide his son with his safe seat in Blackburn. Watch this eventually happen Blackburn people! district01
  • Score: 2

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