Reddit is going nuts over this statement by David Cameron at question time last month, given in response to a question about potential terrorists being released:
The Prime Minister: We have put in place some of the toughest controls that one can possibly have within a democratic Government, and the TPIMs [Terrorist Prevention and Investigation Measures] are obviously one part of that. We have had repeated meetings of the extremism task force—it met again yesterday—setting out a whole series of steps that we will take to counter the extremist narrative, including by blocking online sites. Now that I have the opportunity, let me praise Facebook for yesterday reversing the decision it took about the showing of beheading videos online. We will take all these steps and many more to keep our country safe.
It’s the “blocking online sites” part of the response that has people tweaked, since Cameron is also a proponent of opt-out Internet filtering.
Here’s my question: what is it with the Empire and porn filtering? Australia’s ruling coalition recently tried (and quickly took back) the same kind of opt-out filter Cameron advocates, and they’ve been flirting with filtration for years.
The US is supposedly more puritanical than these places, but even the staunchest god botherers here aren’t really serious about filtering Internet porn. It’s obvious that anyone who wants to filter their Internet connection can do it quite easily: almost every commercial router sold for the home market has the ability to filter, and there are dozens of different software filters that can be purchased and installed. So why do the Tories think that government needs to get involved and spend millions on something the free market has, in its infinite wisdom, already provided?