“Porn blocks” block support and advice, let through porn

BBC TV’s Newsnight reported last night that “adult content” filters being rolled out by UK internet service providers are letting plenty of pornography through – but blocking websites offering sex education and health advice.

Bi Community News editor Jen Yockney responded to the report saying, “Laughably, ISPs are quoted as allowing customers to contact them and request that they have specific sites unblocked for their own account.

“When those sites and references to them are blocked in the first place, it is a bit of a chicken-and-egg conundrum as to how a customer will know that a given site exists and will be appropriate to their web surfing choices.

“This is an attempt to apply a technological fix to a social issue, and as such is probably doomed to fail however well they tweak the filter settings.

“While government and ISPs fiddle with the internet, life is just being made that much more difficult for people who need support and advice – including finding out about bisexuality and local social & support organisations for bi people around the UK like BothWays, BiVisible and BiPhoria.”

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