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Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces

 

Every household in the UK is to 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.

 

In a speech, Mr Cameron warned 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.

 

'Innocence'

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.

 

The filters would apply to all devices linked to the affected home Wi-Fi network and across the public Wi-Fi network "wherever children are likely to be present".

 

Customers who do not click on either option - accepting or declining - will have filters activated by default, Tory MP Claire Perry, Mr Cameron's adviser on the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood, told the BBC.

 

Other measures announced by the prime minister included:

 

New laws so videos streamed online in the UK will be subject to the same restrictions as those sold in shops

Search engines having until October to introduce further measures to block illegal content

Experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre being given more powers to examine secretive file-sharing networks

A secure database of banned child porn images gathered by police across the country will be used to trace illegal content and the paedophiles viewing it

Mr Cameron also called for warning pages to pop up with helpline numbers when people try to search for illegal content.

 

He said: "I want to talk about the internet, the impact it is having on the innocence of our children, how online pornography is corroding childhood.

 

"And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

BBC News - Online pornography to be blocked by default, PM announces

 

Might as well ban the internet altogether in that case!

 

Just to clear, this is for adult porn too, not just the paedophile websites which the government has never done anything about until now.

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