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    No Porn Allowed: South Carolina Lawmaker Wants XXX Content Blocked on Computers

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    Proposed legislation in South Carolina is seeking to require retailers of computers and other devices to install software which would prevent the viewing of “obscene content,” such as pornography.

    The bill, pre-filed by Representative Bill Chumley, would also block any websites that advertise prostitution or aid in human trafficking. The bill has now been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it will be reviewed when legislators in the state return for the 2017 session.

    “The human trafficking thing has exploded. It’s gotten to be a real problem,” Chumley told GoUpstate.

    Sellers who wish to get around the block would have to pay a $20-per-device fee to opt out of the filter. Purchasers who do not want their internet censored would be required to verify that they are over 18, and then pay the $20 to have it removed.

    “If an end user buys an apparatus, a computer, and they want access to that, they would have to pay to have that filter removed,” Chumley stated.

    The filter would also have a system in place for users to report any obscene content that made it past their filter.

    The money raised from the opt-outs would go toward the Attorney General Office’s human trafficking task force.

    “If we could have manufacturers install filters that would be shipped to South Carolina, then anything that children have access on for pornography would be blocked,” Chumley said. “We felt like that would be another way to fight human trafficking.”

    While few would argue against fighting human trafficking, many are expressing concern about the potential impact that online censoring would have on rights enshrined in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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    Human Trafficking, First Amendment, Censorship, Pornography, House Judiciary Committee, Bill Chumley, South Carolina
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