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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:21 PM

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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.

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.

He also warned he could have to "force action" by changing the law and that, if there were "technical obstacles", firms should use their "greatest brains" to overcome them.


Just as it looks like we're making great steps in terms of social progression, Dave Cameron turns around and decides that it's no longer up too me to decide what I want to view on the internet. I find this to be a really disturbing announcement as it also lays out precedent for the government too block any other sites it deems "depraving".

TL;DR: Middle aged men, out of touch with technology decide to dick about with their power and ban access to porn.

Link too full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23401076

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:24 PM

Looks like I won't moving to the U.K then

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:25 PM

Bummer to all those who live across the pond. Hell, UK's been getting worse and worse since the past ten years, with all the security cameras and shaira zones and stuff.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:27 PM

This'll never pass through the House of Commons.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:32 PM

QUOTE (universetwisters @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 14:25)
Bummer to all those who live across the pond. Hell, UK's been getting worse and worse since the past ten years, with all the security cameras and shaira zones and stuff.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:33 PM

QUOTE (Lightning Strike @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 14:27)
This'll never pass through the House of Commons.

This is what I think.

If it did somehow look like it would get far, I would hope there would be some backlash to stop something like this.
How do you manage to block only porn, since keywords are used in normal discussion? Where do you draw the line for what is and isn't porn?

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:36 PM

It would just never work... the US companies (as well as the UK ones) would be outraged. I think that even though it stands slim chance of actually working, the main thing here is what they TRIED to do. First steps towards becoming China...

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

Lol, many people here will probably kill themselves...

Now seriously, I don't understand this measure, UK is a democracy, don't like porn? don't watch it. Don't want kids to watch porn? Suggest parents to add an internet filter. After all, the way childs are risen is up to parents, right?

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

Ach, good luck boys. Here's hoping the Kingdom stays sexy. From your brothers across the pond.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:45 PM

The biggest question that arises when discussing this topic is how exactly would they go about enforcing such a law? Even social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter can have seemingly pornographic material posted on them, would you ban the UK's public access to them as well Mr. Cameron, because I doubt the general populace would take kindly to that change.

Even if it were to be accepted by the House of Commons the fact remains that there's no feasible way to enforce this law in a country of over 65 million people, more than half of which consume pornography on a day to day basis. I mean unless we want to take steps to become more like George Orwell's dystopian, draconian novel 1984 there's no foreseeable way that this'd ever become a reality.

Though let's speak hypothetically for a second, let's say that it passes and I can no longer browse pornography using my ISP address. What is it that stops me from using a proxy from for example Serbia and accessing a pornsite that way? Absolutely nothing, or will the majority of large pornsites just pull a proverbial PirateBay and operate illegally regardless of the local government's wishes to make it inaccessible to the public.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:50 PM

I don't watch porn. I usually give my self some relief before bed. I think of a girl in real life i'd like to get too know. I think about how I would like to get to know them better. It works for me at least. Then I have a nice sleep


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 02:54 PM

This is all a move to try and protect internet users from child porn and other offensive content - even though people who are subjected to that content are mostly those who go looking for it! I can understand the blacklisting of some websites and removing offensive material, most search engines already do that, but to introduce unavoidable blocks through my own ISP based on what I can and cannot click on? They don't realise that people who go looking for offensive content on the internet already protect themselves with proxies and whatnot, and therefore can circumvent the majority of blocks? What about the 'darknet' Tor networks where most of this activity thrives?

Really all they are going to achieve here is significant restrictions whilst only scratching the very surface of the material they're trying to eradicate. Sounds like a lot of work for very little gain.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:02 PM

It is the duty of the parents to control what their children can and can't view. If today's parents are failing to do this then it's not the governments job to take over these duties. All this does is personify sexual acts as filthy and this in turn will do much more damage too a child than them looking at a pair of tits.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:05 PM

I believe it has nothing to do with pornography. I believe it to be about restriction of information.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:12 PM

There is already an opt in system. It's called 'searching for porn online'

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

"Blocking"...
Just like they used to block tpb? Seriously, it's pretty easy to avoid those blocks...

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:21 PM

I guess living in a less developed country (like mine) is an advantage when it comes to internet access. The internet here has no silly regulations like download quotas and hopefully it will stay that way for a long time.

I don't really care about porn one way or another, but yeah, how is this supposed to work? You could just download videos from torrent sites. I also don't fully understand what's wrong with watching porn at an early age. Obviously if you know how to search for it you already know what sex is. I also don't buy that logic that watching porn will make you look for videos that are weirder and weirder. I've been watching porn since I was like twelve and I haven't gotten into any weird stuff.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:24 PM

And what the eff would they do to people who contravene this?

Fines? Incarceration?

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:29 PM

QUOTE (Saliva @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 16:05)
I believe it has nothing to do with pornography. I believe it to be about restriction of information.

No, it's about porn.

Crap idea from the deluded Mumsnet idiots who can't take a funking ounce of responsibility for their own sprogs. It won't make it past the Commons and even if it does will be hilariously easy to circumvent.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:30 PM

Cameron has good intention but he doesn't know how the internet works. The majority of this material is found in the deep web which isn't searched by Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. I feel sorry for these companies because they're being bullied into censoring a lot of content which does jack all anyway. The web needs to stay free and not under control by governments and corporations.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:32 PM

I rarely ever watch porn, so banning it wouldn't interfere with any personal agendas of mine. But what really, really f*cks me off is the way they try to dictate what people can and can't look at online. What is wrong with a normal teenage boy watching porn? It isn't bothering anyone.

I 100% agree with the idea of introducing stronger laws to prohibit any website from hosting any form of child pornography, that is something that should of been done a long time ago. But banning all porn would be crazy. I also read in The Sun newspaper they plan on introducing stricter laws on "the darker side" of the internet, they didn't go into specifics but I'm guessing this is things like bestiality, taboo porn ETC.


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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:38 PM

Wtf, does everyone look like this in the UK that they're trying to block porn?
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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:40 PM

QUOTE (Saliva @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 15:05)
I believe it has nothing to do with pornography. I believe it to be about restriction of information.

You mean information like how to get your penis to grow 4 inches in 2 weeks without using any drugs, or the secret psychological technique that scientists don't want you to know about which allows you to get any woman you want. Or maybe the Govt. wants to restrict all the dangerous talk in the comments sections on videos. "Hey girls, kik me, horny guy with big cock looking for hot girls to chat with" I mean it's like the Communist Manifesto all over again isn't it.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:41 PM

Aint gonna effect me. I fap to peoples holiday pics on Facebook anyway...

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:44 PM

This is pure internet censorship. Even if isn't (which it is), it's a badly thought out idea that has no practical use.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:49 PM

I really can't see this getting through The Commons.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 03:51 PM

QUOTE (Valenta @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 15:49)
I really can't see this getting through The Commons.

Yeah didn't one MP get done a while back for paying for porn and putting it on expenses.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:11 PM

QUOTE (universetwisters @ Monday, Jul 22 2013, 14:25)
Bummer to all those who live across the pond. Hell, UK's been getting worse and worse since the past ten years, with all the security cameras and shaira zones and stuff.

What on earth are you talking about? And how is that in any way related to a proposed government restriction of pornography?

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:17 PM

The majority of politicians probably watch porn anyways, this idea is stupid.

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Posted 22 July 2013 - 04:21 PM

Hah the porn lobby seems to be too strong in the UK. Have fun buying your porn in stores again suckers lol.gif




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