Investigations conducted by the BBC has revealed that default porn filters not only block legal porn sites but also sex education sites and forums for people struggling with pornographic addiction. The filters were designed by the government in an effort to limit the chances of children and families encountering legal porn sites while surfing the internet.
Internet Service Providers such as Sky, Talk Talk and BT are the main culprits. BT is however the worst offender of the three. BT’s filter has been blocking a website aimed at assisting victims of domestic abuse. It has also blocked a website in Scotland designed to provide information about sexual health.
Sky’s filter was effective at blocking 99% of pornographic sites, but sites geared at assisting people struggling with pornography were also blocked.
The sites that Talk Talk blocked included a rape center website and a sex education website.
As a result of the inadvertent filtering, the ISPs are funding an advertising campaign, slated to be launched in 2014 that will seek to explain the filters. They are reassuring the public that over time, the filtering would improve.