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Poll: Do you agree with the government's plan for opt-out internet porn filtering?


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Do you agree with the government's plan for opt-out internet porn filtering?

Let us know in our poll.

Poll: Do you agree with the government's plan for opt-out internet porn filtering?

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morddwyd

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After 20+ years of trying the government has now succeeded - censorship of the internet.

Stand-by for 20 years of them trying to work out how to tax it.

Pornography is not my scene, and corrupting children should mean life, but this is a bad day for freedom of expression.

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lotvic

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Sounds good to me, I won't have to worry so much about the grandchildren surfing when they come to visit.

"In his speech, Mr Cameron said family-friendly filters would be automatically selected for all new customers by the end of the year - although they could choose to switch them off.

And millions of existing computer users would be contacted by their internet providers and told they must decide whether to use or not use "family-friendly filters" to restrict adult material" click here

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canarieslover

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Like morddwyd I can't agree to government intervention to achieve what every sensible parent should be doing for their children anyway. As for adults, they are old enough to make their own minds up about what they view. If they can't get it on the net, and they are determined, they will find it elsewhere.

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rdave13

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What exactly does "family-friendly filters" actually mean? Does it mean that we are all censored in the use of the internet? I can choose what my children or grand children 'see' when they use the internet in my house. I am the censor that does this. I don't wish another Big Brother to stifle my freedom even more.

Totally against any internet censorship. If I wanted that I'd go and live in China.

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kad292

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Like press censorship erm regulation it is a short step to China.Should then they not censor movies especially violent ones and games too because of the harm they,undoubtably do ?,to children and some adults of limited sensibilities.

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Quickbeam

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Yes.

I believe that the Icelandic government is also going to tackle this in a much greater way.

A lot of people speak of the technical difficulties of restricting internet access, but how hard can it be when Royal X can get a super-injunction to stop his assignation with Miss Kwikdrop Drawers from being publicised on the net? Despite everyone else in the world knowing, I can't access the answer out of mere curiosity in the UK.

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Quickbeam

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morddwyd

"this is a bad day for freedom of expression."

I'm not sure that people should have the "freedom of expression" to publish images and footage of simulated rape and other kinds of extreme violence against women on the internet for all (including young children) to access, are you?

It's all very well to bang on about freedom of expression, but surely you don't believe that means the freedom to publish whatever you like, regardless? Perhaps you do, in which case I must revise my opinion of your ability to make sensible judgments.

This idea that the internet has to be a special place, free from all the constraints and restraints that govern our daily lives in other respects is just nonsense. The internet has permeated pretty well every aspect of modern life, and governments have a duty to acknowledge the fact that huge numbers of children access the internet on a regular basis. If there is readily available, unregulated content that is likely to deprave or corrupt children, or give them a warped view of human sexual relationships, action should be taken to provide parents with a means of making choices. A determined child will always find a way to view pornography, but if parents can be given a way to stop that happening at home it is at least a step in the right direction.

People who share your view that this is a retrograde step are, in my view, missing the point by a mile.

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fourm member

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Personally, I blame Nigel Farage.

There's no point blaming Cameron who has repeatedly shown himself incapable of leadership.

This move, aimed at appealing to those tempted by UKIP, is the latest in a line of such things.

We've had the scheduling of khat on the basis of demonstrable lies about the reasons for it.

We've had the backtracking on minimum unit pricing for alcohol and the dropping of plain packs for tobacco.

And now we have this move that will do nothing to address the problem of child abuse.

'the prime minister said possessing online pornography depicting rape' would be illegal.

Someone has to help me here. What is pornography? Does it include the scene in Deathwish? Does it include 'The Politician's Husband' recently broadcast by the BBC?

And let me just check. Those pictures of a man slapping a woman round the face taken from the promotional material of every other new movie - they're OK?

Just as most of our anti-terrorism activities are aimed at making people think the government is doing something so these measures won't actually achieve anything but they'll give the impression that they do.

The problem with Cameron is that there is no solid floor on which policies are built.

On the one hand, we hear about parenting lessons and various measures to make parents take responsibility for their offspring and then we get this measure that amounts to saying the state will control your child's development so you don't have to bother.

A Google News search suggests that nowhere in all this bunkum has Cameron mentioned Tor. You can't stop these truly evil people exchanging their child abuse material unless you can find a way to control Tor and Cameron knows he can't do that easily so he's avoiding drawing attention to it.

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HondaMan

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Absolutely NOT

This is simply adding to the "nanny State" governing everything we do. We are already one of the most watched nations in the world and yet we claim to have freedom, what rubbish.

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