World Utah takes further steps towards blocking pornography on smartphones

Utah takes further steps towards blocking pornography on smartphones


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A person using a smartphone (illustration). – Pixabay / Argo Images

The influence of the Mormon Church, which brings together two-thirds of the inhabitants of Utah, is felt in a text approved on Tuesday. The governor of Utah has passed a bill imposing a pornography filter on all smartphones and tablets activated in this state of the United States.

The text, which Republican Governor Spencer Cox announced Wednesday he had signed the day before, provides for penalties for manufacturers who fail to comply with the rule, ranging from $ 10 to $ 500 per violation noted. The measure defended by elected conservatives will only take effect, however, if at least five other American states enact a similar law, which seems unlikely in the short term.

Concerns of the defenders of freedoms

In practice, the new law, supposed to protect young people, would require manufacturers of smartphones and tablets sold in Utah to install a filter blocking pornographic content, contrary to the traditional parental control offered by Apple or Google, which is disabled. by default. People wishing to have access to this content deemed potentially harmful would be required to request a code to unblock the automatic filter.

Defenders of freedoms, foremost among which the American Union for Civil Liberties (ACLU), have expressed concern about these restrictions, which they believe infringe on the right to free access to the Internet. The text “violates the rights of the public provided for by the first amendment of the Constitution” of the United States, guaranteeing freedom of expression, thus tweeted the ACLU of Utah.



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