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UK Porn Ban: Prime Minister Declares War on Adult Content

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David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the UK, has announced today that he plans to crack down on internet pornography and focus on making the internet a safer place for children and families. In his speech delivered today, Cameron made it very clear that he is passionate about his crusade against sexually illicit material, particularly pornography that involves children or rape.

Cameron’s plans for a more child-friendly internet experience include deals with four of the largest internet providers in England; regulations include “family-friendly filters” that would automatically block pornography and other adult material in millions of people’s homes, filtering material from all land lines, WiFi connected devices, and even in public areas where children are likely to be present. Families and individuals would have the ability to opt out of the filters; they would simply need to check a box on a form or inform their internet provider that they wish to have pornography unfiltered and available.

Other measures include stricter video restrictions and laws, pressure for search engines to offer more tools for barring content, and an increase in the legal action and monitoring abilities available to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre and police when searching for sources of illegal material and in tracking down pedophiles. Cameron also called for the immediate blacklisting of certain “horrific” terms, meaning that they would not show any results when searched on Google or Bing.

The crack down against pornography is not purely Puritanical, however; much of the action aims to reduce violence against women and children (an unfortunate theme mixed in with much adult content), as well as children’s access to legal, but none the less graphic images meant for adult eyes. Cameron wants to make pornography depicting rape illegal, as is the case in Scotland. He also claims that his crusade for “family-friendly WiFi” and increased filtration is to stop the “corroding of childhood” that free access to pornography has allowed for.

Concerns have been raised by many people from all walks of life, ranging from politicians to internet commentators to your everyday Jane and John Doe. Some have fallen victim to the slippery slope that comes with fear of loosing access to supple, naked bodies on the internet, going on to tweet out their dissatisfaction. (Warning: Some of the tweets displayed below may be triggering or upsetting to some, due to both content and language. Please be cautious when viewing.)

There is much discussion that contributes to the debate in a civil and informative manner, such as the former Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre boss, Jim Gamble, who was quoted as saying, “You need a real deterrent, not a pop-up that pedophiles will laugh at.” However, tweets and reactions such as those seen above are, unfortunately, what many see and hear, especially on internet forums and social media.

It is important to look at this issue in an informed and appropriate manner, since the subject is incredibly sensitive. After all, whether people want to admit to it or not, pornography is most certainly wound up in misogyny, sexism, and the male gaze, all of which correlate with abuse, rape, and assault. Perhaps attempting to monitor access to graphic material and banning truly harmful material, such as that which depicts rape or children, is not such a terrible thing as the slippery slope might imply.

UK Porn Ban: Prime Minister Declares War on Adult Content


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  • Jared

    How would you determine what is “harmful” material? You might want to be careful when writing the government a blank check.

  • jade

    This will not decrease pedophile actions or interest. This will only make them actually commit these actions because you cut off their medium for providing such things. Not a smart move prime minister. You are a dumbass prime minister.
    P.S. this is an American’s opinion.

    • marius

      exactly i would make said pedo commit the act record it and escalate the child porn industry

      sadly this BS law will have effects on a lot of tv shows such as Game of Throwns, Spartacus, True Blood any show that has sex as partial or full.

      the beautify of porn is to allow one to find out what there say BDSM, Asian or interracial.

    • Mario

      so many pedophile chases with preasts but i don’t see churches being banned

  • Philip

    So not only are they taking more of our taxes he will be getting porn banned from the UK that will not decrease rape it will make more people get rapped, like jade said. If porn is banned then hopefully he does not stay prime minister so we can get it unbanned.

    • Kristen

      You do realize they are not saying that the ban on porn will stop rape, they are saying they want to ban porn that shows rape. Plus, you can still get porn if you want it. You just have to tell your internet provider.

    • Bob

      Wait a minute, you are telling me that men will start raping women simply because they cant see boobs on their screens? What the hell are you saying about men, you think so lowly of them that they would actually do that?

      Or is it that you might do that?

      • Gemma Louise

        I think what they are trying to say is that it’s the same with movies. If someone has ever wondered what it’s like to see someone get shot seeing it in a movie can satisfy that curiosity. A man who really wants to see a woman doing whatever or a ‘rape type’ scene can be satisfied by seeing it in porn. Without certain porn that could force men to seek that satisfaction elsewhere. Same with women. I do agree on really getting rid of all child porn and alike things. I just don’t think this is the way. I think he’s not focusing on the real problems with certain pornographic material.

        And for the record I’m a 20yr old Female.

  • Treeboon

    Now you know how America feels when people introduce gun control bills that don’t actually do anything. Welcome to the world of feel good legislature.

  • Geoffrey

    Seems like a step forward in the progression of civility. Obviously, porn is not a bad thing. In many situations it is beneficial. A ban like this will take time to become properly efficient, though if it really does eliminate illegal activity as mentioned in the article, it will be an excellent advancement for society and humankind. The ban is not going to take away pornography, its going to help clean up the Internet. People are failing to see the point of the ban…if it works than, hooray! If it doesn’t, well there really isn’t anything to lose, nothing legal (porn) will have been censored.

    • Andrew

      Yes you are right, but as the porn will be automatically banned I would like to have the same treatment for all religious sh*t, viagra, loos weight products, fat people pictures and so on…. because they are very likely to be bad for the children.
      That will be a clean internet, wait…that would be censorship.

    • Cloud

      Internet is meant to be a free place, a place without limits. If they take this away from us, then forget that anywhere will ever be free. Sure, there is a lot of ‘ugly’ things out there that some of us might not like, but that’s the whole point! No one wants to have to ask Authorities to let them watch porn, no one should be expected to have to admit to it against their will, and if your child has an interest in porn, then I’m sorry but there’s probably nothing wrong with them, and if you don’t like it then you can put your own filters on mature content. Why should we all have this ban forced down our throats?

    • Gahaa Pacino

      No, because this is just pretend rape or fake rape. Eventually real porn will be ban too and the fact you are siding with this means that you like the idea of thought crime regulation. What about all those people who love to watch fake executions in the horror movies? Are they going to get arrested for having fake execution videos? Fake execution videos means that you are a potential murder. If you do not see the problem here then when you slip up and get hardcore porn and they come after you. You will remember this comment. This is thought crime and this needs to be opposed at all cost.

  • MrGezus

    Stop just reading the headlines. If you want porn…you get porn. Its to keep children from accessing porn at home (if the parents want to keep it blocked)or on public WiFi which honestly I am sure that the little mom and pop shop down the road doesn’t not want anyone using their free WiFi for that.

    • Brian

      You think that the average British citizens is going to be albe to ask a person of authority “hey, can I please have porn?”

  • Farson

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.

    Then they came for the socialists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a socialists.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.

    Then they came for me,
    and there was no one left to speak for me.

    First we lost our privacy, then we lost our ability to speak out if it hurt others feelings and now they want to dictate what we can view based on muh feelings. This stupid law would make criminals out of huge numbers of citizens and you can bet that punishment will be a fine.

    Also did anyone else notice the amount of men bad, muh patriarchy shit in this this article? Because you know women they watch porn too.

    • Ian McDonough

      First, they came for our porn..

  • Joe

    I’d like to point out that this “solution” is just a waste of money and time. You can’t block things at an ISP level. They are easily circumvented.

    In order to solve the issue we have to pay attention to the problem. And that is lack of parental supervision. It’s the parent’s job to actually parent their children. Considering the Conservative party is fond of “family values” then they should try to push their parents to be more involved with their kids rather than allowing them to be raised by a television, games console or computer.

    Forcing everyone in the country to be automatically blocked from pornographic material is not only intrusive, but a violation of our human rights. We’re a Democratic society and we should continue behaving as such.

    You will most certainly find that the majority of people you talk to will agree that child pornography is indeed a problem. However The people who distribute or download these materials wont be using conventional ways to attain the material in question. This blanket ban will not affect it in any regard. It should be up to the police to track this sort of behavior down.

    I can absolutely say, that if this blanket ban goes forwards, you will lost the majority of the male and female vote for the next election, as this invasive behavior is not something which the public will stand for, and if you don’t listen to the public then you don’t belong in Government. The Public created YOU to serve US.

    It is the public which are absolute, and it is the public which have the power. Ignore the public’s voice, and you will be removed from office.

  • marius

    porn dont shoot people dead from across the street, dont leave families greaving over loved one, dont bury innocent kids. how ever porn can lead to self-harm (rape) and more money to the government via physiotherapists (smells funny).

    the GUN control law i understand
    but porn a person would have to physically be able to rape hold down a person as he or she kicks screams fights them off

    whats next a crack down on violent video games? that includes jumping on a turtle and eating it would be made illegal (Mario games). it would destroy alot of game retailers

  • Tom

    There is no point in banning porn or sex tapes because when children get older they have to know what it is and all the sexual features on it.

    When Kids in year 6 / 6th grade learn about pornography what are they gonna do then if they cant do anything when porns blocked

  • Mario

    think who would like to filter his computer “ip” for porn sites shold have the option from internet provider and not banning the whole internet user’s from porn (soz for my english) i’m afraid other countries are going to do the same.

  • Kelvin

    They took our porn!

    • http://n/a Dave

      But they shall never take our freedom!

    • Chris

      When there are more useful things worth spending money one, like helping find a cure to cancer or help others by distributing different things that could help them or even create the most unimaginable of things , what … …. are they doing is banning porn. Well played Mr Cameron, well played!!

  • http://SlotsMarvel.com Marvel Slots

    This kind of control is simply a silly attempt to fight abusive content.
    By banning porn people in the UK will have their freedom on the internet limited and this is unacceptable.

  • Rhys

    I agree,
    if you take away porn because “it’s bad for the younger audience” then you might as-well erase the internet!
    You can get pictures of anything…anywhere on the internet so why come out with a law to STOP porn?
    Sure, get rid of the bad stuff (like rape etc.)
    But don’t get rid of the stuff some people learn from, it’s not everyday a kid goes up to their parent’s and says “Mom Dad, how do you have sex?” because they don’t!
    I’d day 60% of people nation wide learn about sex from porn!

  • http://Pornhub IAmNoone

    And this is why england is so wrong wasting money on banning porn when you could spend it on more useful stuff you might aswell give us free condoms and dildos prime minister

  • Tom

    All you primitive apes getting all fired up obviously haven’t read the whole article.
    YOU CAN STILL CHOOSE TO HAVE THE PORN.
    The point is to eliminate easy access to CHILDREN.
    And you have a problem with that?
    YOU are the problem in today’s society, you morally immature perverts. Seek help.

  • Paul

    That’s fucking bollocks what we supposed to do if that cunt blocks porn huh wank over her personality ???

  • Becky

    I new men would disagree to all this lol but too be honest I agree with banning porn as little kids might access it which my younger sister she was only 9 I found out she was on redtube :/ not good for little girls eyes plus with dirty men naked on there!

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