Friday 19 January 2018

Porn site filters leave husbands red-faced

Georgia Graham

EMBARRASSED husbands who want to opt out of porn controls in their homes will have to "have a discussion" with their wives once new filters are applied by internet service providers in Britain.

The British Prime Minister said that nine out of 10 households will soon be required by the companies that provide their internet to turn off a pre-set parental control filter if they want to access online pornography in their homes.

Earlier yesterday Google vowed to block child pornography, with David Cameron welcoming the move to tackle illegal images as a "significant step forward".

However, critics have raised the issue of "embarrassed" adults who want to access legal pornography but do not want to discuss that with their partner.

In July, when the plans for mandatory filters for online porn were announced, Nick Boles, the Conservative planning minister, said that people "should be free to live their lives as they choose" and that he did not want to start "lecturing consenting adults about their private enjoyment of legal pornography".

Speaking on BBC Radio Two's 'Jeremy Vine' show, Mr Cameron said if adults wanted to watch online porn in their home they are "going to have to have a discussion" with their partner or spouse.

He said he was not trying to "lecture" adults about what they watch but to give parents an "opportunity to take a more positive role" in controlling what their children can look up online.

He said: "As a parent and as a politician, I think other parents would welcome the fact that when you sign up to an online account you get a prompt to think about whether you want an internet in your house where your children can accidentally or on purpose search for pornographic images.

"It's certainly not lecturing people about what they should or shouldn't do – it is helping them with something that people continually tell me they'd like some help with." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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