Major Internet firms summoned to porn meeting

Tagged: Government, internet, Porn, Entertainment, Technology
Source: Ars Technica - Read the full article
Posted: 1 year 19 weeks ago

"Culture secretary, Maria Miller, is planning to meet with Google, Facebook and other major online companies to discuss how to police access to illegal content on the internet.

The move comes in the wake of the trials of Mark Bridger (jailed for the murder of five-year-old April Jones) and Stuart Hazell (jailed for murdering 12-year-old Tia Sharp), both of whom had accessed child pornography online.

MPs and charities have already called for ISPs and search engines to restrict access to pornography in reaction to the cases, but the demands feed into wider concerns about access to adult content as evidenced by the fact the government is investigating an initiative to block access to porn over public Wi-Fi.

Miller's letter (sent to Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, BT, Virgin, Talk Talk, Vodafone, Sky, O2, EE and Three) reflects the broader sweep of the government's concerns and cites discussion topics including access to illegal pornographic content, extremist material which might incite racial or religious hatred, and copyrighted material."

 

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Tivon
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It's bad enough that I've stopped using google for searching and started using bing. Google should rethink their filters, I have. But I can't see why we need policing and restrictions of online content more than we already do now. Clearly I feel someone is trying to protect themselves from something while taking more freedom from us. But I do agree on they should make illegal content more difficult to store online, but with that term of "illegal content" might also be too broad and will most assuredly include other areas that are not intended by the people to hand over more power.

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