Government Demands ISPs Fiddle Their Porn Filter Wording to Please the PM

By Gary Cutlack on at

A leaked letter sent to the major UK ISPs is causing our internet companies some serious stress, with government sources asking them to fund an awareness campaign -- and change the porn filter wording to suggest that "default-on" is the UK's stance on porn filtering. Even though it isn't.

The letter to ISPs, posted in full over on the BBC, shows that the government wants them to fiddle the wording to make the active choice system seem more aggressive on adult content than it actually is. The letter, from the Department for Education, says: "Without changing what you will be offering (ie active-choice +), the prime minister would like to be able to refer to your solutions [as] "default-on" as people will have to make a choice not to have the filters."

It's trying to convince the ISPs to pretend that having them pre-tick a box on a browser choice form constitutes having the porn filter set to "on" in the first place, because that's what David Cameron wants to be able to tell the Daily Mail. You can see why people don't trust any word that comes out of the mouths of people in power. [BBC]