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UK government rejects 'opt-in' scheme for online porn

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The UK government has rejected a controversial scheme forcing internet users to 'opt in' if they wish to access adult content.

Customers would have to inform their internet service provider that they are planning to access such material in order for a filter to be deactivated, BBC News reports.

However, ministers found during a 10-week consultation with the public that the measures had not garnered strong support, with just 35% of parents favouring the plans.

Child protection groups including the NSPCC have hit out at the decision, but the report argues that an opt-in scheme would not protect minors against bullying, personal abuse, grooming or sexual exploitation online.

"There is also a risk from 'over-blocking' - preventing access to websites which provide helpful information on sexual health or sexual identity, issues which young people may want information on but find difficult to talk to their parents about," it stated.

"The government is now asking all internet service providers to actively encourage people to switch on parental controls if children are in the household and will be using the internet."

Despite rejecting the proposals, the government said that internet service providers must encourage parents to activate parental controls on their computers.

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