Sky Sets Porn Filter to Maximum Prude for New Customers

By Gary Cutlack on at

The talk about porn filtering the content of the nation may have died down now that there are more serious internet things to worry about, but the ISP division of Sky still hopes that having a filtered version of the internet appeals to some -- as it'll be switching its porn content filters to yes/on/maximum by default for all new customers in 2016.

The brand name Sky Broadband Shield will be doing the (probably futile) job of ensuring little boys don't see bad things happening before they're ready. At the moment, new Sky broadband signer-uppers are asked whether they'd like to activate the porn gate as part of the setup process, an option that'll be ditched in favour of simply... turning it on.

Sky's happy that it's empowering rather than censoring its users, with a range of age options -- PG, 13, 18 -- to apply, plus the ability to turn it off at certain times of day (dad's pre-bed bathroom phone browse) to stop killing potential consensual pornographic fun for everyone. From next year, every new Sky customer will get the 13-rated internet before 9:00pm, then the 18 version later, unless the settings are clicked otherwise.

Sky's comms products director Lyssa McGowan said: "What we have learnt is that as well as the flexibility to set the right level of protection for their homes, they also want us to make it as easy as possible for them.  The simplest thing we can do to help them is to automatically turn on filtering and then allow customers to easily choose and change their settings." [Sky]


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