Computers and devices sold in South Carolina that can access the internet would be required to have filters installed to prevent people from viewing pornography, although buyers could pay a $20 fee to remove the blocking software under a proposal before the legislature.The amendment would require manufacturers or sellers of computers and internet-accessible devices to install software that blocks pornography, according to a draft of the amendment filed with the South Carolina General Assembly on Dec. 15. One of its sponsors said on Tuesday the amendment would help raise money for the state´s task force to combat human trafficking
Comments: I´m sure that Mr. Chumley´s browser history is quite interesting.
Obviously this will require a new state Department of Pornography... after all, somebody will have to review all alleged pornography and make a determination. It should probably be that guy who said, "I know pornography when I see it."
Some people consider the Victoria Secret website to be pornography. And maybe they´re right.
This lawmaker Bill Chumley annoys the heck out of me. The left-wing has shown themselves to be wackos. And just when that is happening, we have to get a conservative Republican acting just as ridiculous to bring ridicule back on the GOP.
This is big brother, big government junk...THIS IS NOT WHAT WE STAND FOR!!!
Thanks for nothing Chumley, except making us look stupid!
FTA: "..buyers could pay a $20 fee to remove the blocking software"
So who would collect the fee, who would receive the fee, who would keep the records of who had paid the fee, who would have access to those records, and who would one complain to if they had paid the fee and still couldn´t get porn? Yes, this sounds like a wonderful idea. (s/o)
This is impossible. Photos are not stored with a flag that says ´this is porno´. There are millions of unique pornographic pictures available from hundreds of thousands of sites on the web. Even if you could have human viewers generate a cryptographic hash of each one to put in an online database, you would never keep up with the new pictures and movies. Plus the hundreds of millions of men who would volunteer to help with the reviewing process are going to get sore eyes and miss a lot of work. The medical bills for carpal tunnel alone would probably be in the billions. This is a DUMB IDEA.
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