British Prime Minister Reveals Crackdown On Internet Porn

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David Cameron, British Prime Minister, has announced that every household will now be blocked from viewing online porn and other adult materials unless they specify that they would like the block to be removed. He has also announced that it is now a criminal offense to possess porn that depicts rape or simulated rape, reports the Daily Mail.

These laws are an attempt to clean up the internet and block children from accessing violent porn on the internet without their parents’ knowledge. The laws also hope to at least decrease the amount of rape-depicting porn available to people. By the end of the year, all new customers setting up an Internet account will have to select whether or not they would like adult content to be available. Having the block on adult material will be the default setting. David Cameron said, “We are taking action to help clean up the internet and protect a generation of children from often extreme online pornography.”

Pornography simulating rape will also be illegal offline. These new laws subject online pornography to the same standards that sex shops and offline porn must comply with. Cameron stated, “These images normalise sexual violence against women – and they are quite simply poisonous to the young people who see them.”

Supporters of the crackdown on internet porn is not to eradicate porn, but rather to keep violent porn off the internet. Service providers have also agreed to implement “splash pages” that will pop up to alert people when they are attempting to access illegal material. If the Prime Minister’s efforts succeed, there will hopefully be less child porn and less rape porn readily available, and that is something I can get behind. [Daily Mail]

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