The UK porn filter is a sham

The porn filter appears to be in effect, but my brother and I do not notice its supposed effect on our computers. The filter seems to mainly be in effect in major broadband providers such as BT and 02 (who do a lot of the overblocking that has become infamous in the UK), and it came to my attention that barely any porn is blocked.

My brother had heard that the Labour Party’s official website had been blocked by the filters, but when he wanted to see for himself he found that the website was easily accessible and not blocked at all. We also doubt that pornographic websites are blocked either. My brother visited various websites and found they weren’t actually blocked on his computer. I myself don’t notice much change when it comes to search terms on Google and Bing. In fact, to my understanding, broadband providers are hardly blocking anything and have actually failed to block the majority of porn websites.

Come to think of it, we hear there are ways of actually bypassing the filters yourself, by use of proxies. In fact, there’s actually a Google Chrome extension up that lets users bypass the filter entirely, called “Go Away Cameron”, and I have a feeling lots of people use it.

When the porn filters do work, they actually blocked websites such as Childline and the Samaritan website for reasons I can’t understand, they blocked LGBT support websites confusing it for pornography, and they actually blocked League of Legends updates for some vague, arbitrary, non-existent connection to sex. My brother actually reckons that there’s plenty of actual lesbian porn that isn’t actually blocked, so the blocking of LGBT support websites seems all the stranger.

The government appears to be reacting to the mounds of embarrassing stories, revelations, and headlines, and is attempting to rectify the things it is being called out for. But keep in mind that firstly, this is for no noble cause, rather just to shake off any public embarrassment, and secondly, it won’t make a difference. The filters are still failing and will still fail.

However, just because the filters are failing doesn’t mean we should turn a blind eye to the issue of internet censorship. We must all keep fighting for our liberty and freedom and keep letting the world know we will not be oppressed! If we do not, and instead turn the other cheek, then the government will continue to think it can oppress us and take away our liberty.

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