Utah Governor Signs Porn Filter Mandate

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Utah Governor Signs Porn Filter Mandate

Lawmakers in Utah want every smartphone and tablet sold in the state to be equipped with filters.

 

Gov. Spencer Cox signed a bill to mandate these filters into law this week. Under HB 72, tablets and smartphones must automatically enable filter requirements for “material that is harmful to minors.” Violators will be fined $10 every time they fail to do this, with a cap of $500. The bill empowers either the state or private individuals to bring action under the law.

 

The law does not take effect immediately, though. For the state to begin enforcing it, five other states would have to enact it.

 

Supporters of the law argue that it’s necessary to protect children from pornography. They say that mandatory filters will help parents keep objectionable material away from their children. Critics counter that this mandatory filtering is unconstitutional. They also argue that if parents want to police what their children are doing online, there are already multiple ways for them to do this.

 

Do you think that the government should mandate automatic filtering of content on smartphones to keep children away from pornography?

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