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Official Lib Dem LGBT website blocked by TalkTalk’s ‘porn filter’

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  1. It’d be funny if it didn’t reflect so much wider a problem. But I guess the Liberals now know why Labour and Conservatives have been so keen on introducing this web blocking nonsense!

    1. Yeah, this is a funny story in isolation, but the wider picture is young LGBT+ teens not being able to access health and support resources – particularly the ones with no support in real life, who need it most desperately. This web blocking will cost lives.

  2. There are many reasons to block Lib Dem content. Unless this has a dubious picture of Danny Alexander (is a beaver a ginger rodent?), this isn’t one of them.

  3. Dave Dickinson 20 Dec 2013, 1:52am

    Pink News is blocked by the service provider filter at National Express Coaches.

  4. nice………..

  5. Autumn.Cortez 20 Dec 2013, 3:33am

    They also say they’re “disappointed” that Phil Robertson was suspended by A&E just for expressing his religious beliefs … which, they point out, is his “constitutionally protected right.”

  6. I’m a bit bored of these stories now. The filters aren’t 100% accurate and these teething problems will continue for months. Does PN have to report on every damn one of them

    1. They’re not all teething problems. What about the recent BT filter that intentionally blocks ‘gay and lesbian lifestyle’ websites (not to do with porn)?

      Besides, if they are mistakes, they should be pointed out, and the Lib Dem one is funny.

  7. To be honest this is just one of those reasons why these types of safety nets are not all that the front page of the Daily Mail (etc.) would have us believe is possible.

    It’s important that people report sites that are blocked that should not be and if they happen… to come across a site that is not family friendly again they should report it to the ISP. As new sites come online, organisations move their internet servers, change names add new content etc etc. anomalies will happen.

    There is not a silver bullet either for blocking of adult content or preventing blocking of education/news services… It requires much manual intervention for fine tuning on a permanent basis, hence the ISPs not being overly keen to carry it out… Expect some price rises soon to cover the costs!

    1. There is no silver bullet, but the Daily Mail etc. will care much more about porn being accessible through the filters than they will about LGBT+ resources being blocked, so guess which of these will get more attention from ISPs?

      The only solution to this “problem” is not technology, it’s good parenting and education of children when it comes to sex, relationships and health. That’s what the Lib Dems called for when we opposed web filtering at our Conference.

  8. Lets face it-its the word GAY. TalkTalk and their cronies all bluntly classify GAY as PORN. Therefore -ANY website carrying that word is automaticlly blocked. And personally-I don’t think its possible to get them to change that policy. The person doing this is probably straight-and equates gay with porn anyway.

    1. Google have already been caught blocking bisexual resources as pornographic: http://bimedia.org/3060/google-under-fire-for-bi-erasure/

  9. Well, for all their basis in dubious moralism that has little to do with the actual content of porn, their blocking of vital info like rape crisis centres and the broad application of homophobia in practice, it’s nice to at least see they’re blocking something truly obscene.

  10. @ John-UK

    The lists probably originate from the USA, with the compilers regarding anything to the left of the Ku Klux Klan as being a communist threat to the survival of human race.

    Just Say NO !

  11. wolvereine81 20 Dec 2013, 11:44am

    perhaps tge porn filters actually just blocking it due to all the c**ts on show!

  12. This is exactly what the supporters of this sort of filtering want. Think about it – there were no child sex abuse scandals in the churches and schools before there was all this dreadful sex education and ‘unsuitable material’ on TV: children were so innocent they couldn’t complain, so disciplined they didn’t dare complain and there was so much respect for authority figures that no-one did anything if they did complain.

  13. This was doomed from the start.

    We DO NOT WANT a nanny state, it is the responsibility of PARENTS to ensure their children do not access this kind of material.

    Why should millions of people be inconvenienced and treated almost like criminals just because a bunch of ignorant parents are incapable of doing their job as a parent? There are thousands of tools out there to help parents prevent access, and these have been in existence for decades.

    There is no excuse here, this is a meddling nanny state getting its foot in the door for more expansive internet censorship, and it should never be allowed to happen.

    Lazy parents, DO YOUR FU**ING JOBS!

  14. Why does PN always use euphemisms such as ‘faith’ (instead of religion) and ‘filtering’ (instead of ‘censorship’)?

    You’re doing the bigots’ job for them.

    Call a spade a spade, it’s CENSORSHIP plain and simple !

  15. Staircase2 20 Dec 2013, 4:02pm

    ‘Conservative Vice Chairman Michael Fabricant joked to PinkNews.co.uk “I can think of many reasons why I would like to block the Liberal Democrats, but I never guessed that hosting porn on their website might be one of them!”’

    …things that make you go hmmmm
    (Almost as if someone had a sticky finger in the pie no…? …Grant Shapps anybody?)

    1. Much as I’d love to blame Grant Shapps for anything going, it’s pretty clear that TalkTalk couldn’t organize a conspiracy in a brewery. I vote for cock-up after cock-up after cock-up.

      *wonders if “cock-up” gets a site banned for naughty language*

  16. Video stores in England have good lobbyists =) We should be against it at all costs.

    I think it’s time to use VPN, I2P, proxies, etc.

    Seed4.Me works like a charm. I simply switched to VPN (https://seed4.me/invitations) – that’s it! ^___^

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