British Prime Minister Declares War on Internet Porn

British Prime Minister Declares War on Internet Porn


British Prime Minister David Cameron announced a plan Monday aimed at curbing Internet pornography in the UK, Fox News reports. Cameron's plan requires every Internet user in the country to say whether they want to have access to pornography, and creates a joint British and American "task force" to take on obscene websites, which Cameron said are "corroding childhood," according to a report in The Telegraph. Google and other search engines also will be required to create a "black list" of the most depraved and illegal terms used to find porn sites. The new policies also include measures to stop children from accidentally finding explicit, although legal, pornographic images in public spaces. A "family-friendly" WiFi initiative may begin as soon as August, with six of the largest Internet access companies on board to block legal pornography where kids can view it, including train stations and Internet cafes.Cameron's action comes in the wake of high-profile crimes that have been linked to access to illegal pornography and violent images online. Some of the tactics in the new plan include Internet service providers being compelled to require customers to make an active choice about filtering adult content when they begin using services, and a campaign to deter individuals who seek to download illegal content. Every household with broadband Internet also will be asked to confirm whether they want to activate parental controls blocking adult content by the end of 2014.

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