Cameron to shut down porn websitesWatch
The Prime Minister said that, if under-18s are not locked out from viewing explicit images, he will take action.
One option is to set up an independent regulator which could force internet service providers (ISPs) to block offending sites under the threat of fines.
How is this different?
My own view is that I currently can't see any way of setting up a system that confirms age without violating privacy. At the moment I think the best option would be to keep encouraging parents to use content control setting effectively. The Tories are very keen on taking responsibility away from the state and passing it on to families and individuals, except where doing the opposite makes it easier to erode privacy on the internet.
Because if he won't, then he just seems like a stupid ****, if 16 year olds can have sex under the law, the surely they can watch it as well?
Sometimes I actually start liking David Cameron but 5 seconds later he comes out with braindead ideas like this. One thing is for sure, he has never taken a critical thinking class.
If you want to watch porn and seek it out on the Internet, you are old enough to see it.
A few issues with this....
This certainly backs the paid area of the industry, no wonder they're supporting it lol. Free websites are unlikely to have the facilities to deal with properly checking ID's nor are they making special rules because one countries population lives under some extreme nanny state. Of course the issue is the government is going to have a never ending job of updating a list of "bad practice" porn sites for ISP's to block, like streaming sites, free sites pop up all the time.
Then you have the issue of what defines a porn site, there is nothing stopping me, if this site had mods who didn't mind (which MANY forums do) posting soft-core porn in threads, I've seen sites with "hot girls/guys" threads which are soft core porn, most sites ban sex acts, but not a naked person positing semi-suggestively.
So are all message boards going to be impacted? How does one find out a message board is involved in this, especially when it may only be a single thread on the whole forum.
Then you have image boards when although do not advertise themselves as pornographic, have some pornographic content in adult genres.
The winners are paid industry as less free sites means more may go to them and people with obscure fetishes that would not necessarily be classed as porn by a vanilla audience.
Good luck Cameron, albeit I think your party needs some sort of advisory group to review your speeches about the internet so you don't sound like such a dumb ****. Though as with drugs advisers, I'm sure their independent advice would be ignored...
Short of entering personal information, something I'm unwilling to do even on perfectly safe websites let alone sites that are regularly targeted by hackers, I don't see how this is enforceable.
Does he want us to link our Facebook accounts to the porn sites to verify our age or something? Porn industry's gonna go into a nose-dive if so. Either that or the amount of Facebook accounts will double overnight as people start making dupes
Even if this waste of money idea does go through, there are more ways to get around it than there are to implement it. Utter waste of time.
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If people want to watch porn they should pay for it. Free porn sites are what should be banned, but again, i cant see how this is possible.