UK to re-adjust porn filter after blunder

david cameron

The government in the UK will now have to go through their ‘porn filter’ with a fine tooth comb after finding out that it blocks more than just “inappropriate” sites.

The idea of Britain having anything like a ‘porn filter’ is still a weird one and something you would expect to happen in America before taking place across the pond. But they have recently implemented it and there has been a lot of backlash because it blocks more than just porn. Sites that deal with relationship education, crisis centers for women and even some blogs were affect and considered “dangerous for family viewing”.

The filter even blocked a patch for League of Legends, an immensely popular free-to-play game, because two of the files contained within it inadvertently spelled the word sex. How dare they?

Since then the government has issued an apology and are going to go through their filter and get rid of the block on “legitimate” sites. They could, of course, also scrap the whole idea altogether.

[via Engadget, TorrentFreak, joystiq]

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6 comments

  1. Mike S.

    Despite what is written in the article, not at all surprising that this hasn’t been implemented in the U.S., given the U.S.’ strong emphasis on and protection of free speech–even, unfortunately, at the expense of other things such as civility, courtesy and decency.

  2. patchworks

    Jeff, you shouldn’t be surprised that the UK has done this. For the past 30 years the UK has become the biggest ‘nanny’ state in the world with the UK gov’t wanting to control evry single aspect of one’s life. Schools are excluding children whose parents dare give them Nutella spread sandwiches in their lunchboxes; fining parents who want to take their kids on holiday if it encroaches on term time but, at the same time, fining parents if they’re more than 10 minutes late on picking the kids up from school. And that’s just some things about schools, don’t get me started on other things they’re doing …..

  3. Ghenghis McCann

    Of course, we could expect parents to take responsibility and monitor their childrens’ activities on the net.

    But, seriously, are the filters blocking sites and files because they contain the letters S-E-X in that order. There were jokes about filters that did that many years ago. The technology surely must have moved on since then. Or did Posh Dave and his government just buy the cheapest package.