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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.

 

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.

 

The UK's biggest internet service providers have agreed to the filters scheme meaning it should cover 95% of homes.

 

F*ck off Dave. We all know British politics never lost it's puritanical streak (BBFC, video nasties, Mary Whitehouse etc.), but now the government is demanded people to make it public record if they intend to have a ****?

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The logic behind it is truly terrifying. That we can get this before an Opt Out system for Organ Donation just boggles my f*cking mind. Cameron is such a c*nt it's untrue. Why not ban all pubs to stop underage drinking? Why not close down all town centres to stop teenage anti-social behaviour? Why not have the whole f*cking country under an "when the street lights come on" to stop kids being out late?

 

If you can't be bothered to enact the myriad family filters that come with O/S and routers and refuse to do a simple google search for some free software (because paying to protect your own family would be just too much) then your kids deserve to be able to search out necro tenticle porn.

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I want to know whether it'll block things that could potentially have smut somewhere within them? Like, am I still gonna be okay to access Tumblr without having to opt in? Or Cracked? Or The Chive? Or any other of a long list of websites I go to that can be said to contain NSFW images?

 

And to end I'll repeat a joke that's been made a sh*tloads of times already today.

 

"Isn't it funny how the world's biggest w*nker is campaigning to ban pornsites?"

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It's pretty impressive that after my post in the opinions about world leaders thread, the Conservatives have managed to, in one single move, make me a Labour voter again. If there's anything that turns me of, it's "We know what's good for you" anti-freedom of speech, legally enforced niceness, censorship bullshit. Made me hate New Labour, is starting to make me hate the Democrats (not as much as I hate the Republicans though), and now it's made me hate the Conservatives.
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Facist thought police, here we come. All I will say is that I know from experience that this kinda shit fails. An iron fisted regime which suppressed a population of 50+ million people also outlawed porn entirely (as in jail time) and utterly failed to stop it, long before the internet.
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Seriously though, if Ed Milliband had any f*cking balls whatsoever he'd be stood up saying that it's time parents were responsible for their children not the government and that this bullsh*t does not protect children... but no because the NSPCC have backed the move no one is going to say sh*t.
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