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David Cameron: Stop Sleepwalking the UK into Censorship

David Cameron: Stop Sleepwalking the UK into Censorship

David Cameron wants to push you into switching on adult web filters. These proposals are incredibly dangerous. Cameron should drop them immediately.

Dear David Cameron,

Everyone agrees that we should try to protect children from harmful content. But asking everyone to sleepwalk into censorship does more harm than good.

Filters won't stop children seeing adult content and risks giving parents a false sense of security. It will stop people finding advice on sexual health, sexuality and relationships. This isn't just about pornography. Filters will block any site deemed unsuitable for under 18s.

Please drop these plans immediately.

Tell David Cameron to drop his plans to turn on adult filters by default. Sign our petition now!

What are the problems with switching on adult filtering by default?

  1. "Set it and forget it" is the wrong message to send to parents. Filters will not stop children seeing adult content.
  2. Adult filters will not just block pornography. They also restrict access to sites deemed unsuitable for under 18s including information on alcohol and other drugs, forums, YouTube and controversial political views.
  3. When adults filters are in place, mistakes are made. Adult filtering can stop people accessing crucial advice on sexual health, sexuality and relationships.
  4. Adult filtering amounts to censoring legal content. The UK would be the only modern democratic society to do this. This sets a terrible example to other countries with interests in suppressing information.