Press release: Open Rights Group
Social media platforms such as Twitter could be forced to block accounts if they are linked to porn sites that fail to verify the age of their users.
Proposals in the Digital Economy Bill will allow the BBFC to compel Internet Service Providers to block websites that don’t comply with age verification.
Ancillary services - such as payment providers or advertisers - will also be forced to stop providing services to these sites. The Government has confirmed that the term “ancillary services” can include any service that facilitates a non-compliant publisher, including social media platforms such as Twitter.
This would mean that a Twitter account that links to a non-compliant porn site could be blocked to UK users. However, accounts from BBFC compliant sites won’t be blocked and will be able to post pornography to their Twitter feeds even if under 18s can see it.
Executive Director Jim Killock said:
“The Government started with age verification, moved onto web censorship and now wants to block Twitter accounts.”
“While these proposals are damaging for free speech, they are also absurd. Some Twitter accounts could be blocked for being associated with a porn site while others will be freely able to share pornography to Twitter users of any age.”
It has been estimated that one in every thousand tweets is porn: https://www.channel4.com/news/one-in-every-thousand-tweets-is-porn
Notes to Editors
From the Digital Economy Bill second reading: https://hansard.parliament.uk/lords/2016-12-13/debates/21321771-1932-4684-8088-F5F24B42FF73/DigitalEconomyBill
Lord Ashton of Hyde Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) said:
“The Government believe that services, including Twitter, can be classified by regulators as ancillary service providers where they are enabling or facilitating the making available of pornographic or prohibited material. This means that they could be notified of commercial pornographers to whom they provide a service but this will not apply to material provided on a non-commercial basis.”
Baroness Benjamin said:
“I was particularly delighted that the noble Baroness, Lady Shields, confirmed to the Lords Communications Committee on 29 November that:
“The Bill covers ancillary services. There was a question about Twitter. Twitter is a user-generated uploading-content site. If there is pornography on Twitter, it will be considered covered under ancillary services”.
He has been living like this for over 2 years now and is totally reliant on the generosity of the wonderful homelessness charities like 'You're Not Alone'.
Eddie now has a few more convictions to his name, because he has been caught stealing food during the day to keep hunger away.
I asked him for permission to take this photo and told him we'd blank out his face to hide his identity. He gave me permission for the photo but asked that his face not be hidden.
He said, "If it helps to do something about the problem then I don't mind my face being shown". Before leaving Eddie to his fate, I got him another cup of tea, a bottle of water, 3 sandwiches and a bun for his breakfast... I know that I was letting Eddie and all of the other homeless people down when I left them to their fate...
I'm ashamed of what our country has become and I know that at least 150 TD's need to pay the price for ignoring this desperate humanitarian crisis while purposely lying through their teeth and deceiving all of us with their bullshit about a recovery... This crisis is getting worse - and they know it!"
Ken Smollen is chairperson at Irish Democratic Party.
Looking at Ken's Facebook page it is easy to see he is a man who is actively campaigning to help others.
Look at his post Monday December 12
"Thanks once again to the people of Offaly and surrounding counties who very generously donated to our last appeal for the homeless...It looks like we'll have another excellent response for our FOOD trip to Dublin on Friday next 16th December as many people have already donated and many others have been enquiring about what's needed...
All kinds of non-perishable food such as tins of beans, peas, fruit, pasta, tinned tomatoes, packets of soup, rice, etc… Sweets, buns and bars of chocolate would also be gratefully received… Also much needed are toiletries such as toothpaste, brushes, face wipes, women’s sanitary products, etc…
Thanks again everyone,
Support your local foodbanks and charities if you are able. Remember every item matters and could make a real difference.
People are starving out there.
Labour press release;
It’s no wonder even Tory MPs are today calling for Chris Grayling to resign - Watson
Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, commenting on a leaked letter sent in April 2013 by Chris Grayling to then London Mayor Boris Johnson, said:
“This is a disgraceful revelation that shows the Tories put party politics before rail passengers and it will leave commuters worse off.
“Labour’s Mayor of London put forward a plan which would see commuters enjoy a better service and frozen fares. We now see the Tories have blocked this progress for their own narrow political interest. It’s shameful and demonstrates that for all their bluster about caring about working people they always put themselves first.
“It’s no wonder even Tory MPs are today calling for Chris Grayling to resign: he’s in serious hot water.
"But following the publication of the leaked letter, Bob Neill, Tory MP for Bromley and Chislehurst in south-east London, called for Mr Grayling to resign as Transport Secretary. He told the Press Association: "If you look at what he said about the business case, that doesn't stand true to me. "He took the decision which he had already taken beforehand on purely partisan grounds. "I think it's disgraceful behaviour." Mr Neill added: " He's done a great deal of harm to London commuters who would've benefited significantly. "I think he should go."
Is Chris Grayling toast?
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