TalkTalk customers get nannied over porn

14 May 2012

TalkTalkHey! Internet users! You're probably thinking about porn aren't you? You've probably got a tab open with all manner of smut on it, while you read these words.

Well, if you're a customer of TalkTalk, you may like to know that they've become the first telcom to ask all new account holders to choose whether they want to turn on (phwoar) an anti-porn filter or not. Chances are, most will say 'no', making this whole thing a gigantic waste of everyone's time.

The company have adopted the £20million HomeSafe filter which works by automatically blocking a list of ‘adult content’ such as porn, violence, gambling and drugs. Basically, all the fun stuff. You'll be asked to reconfirm your filter settings yearly.

Dido Harding, name not a joke, chief executive of TalkTalk, said: 'Our competitors are being dreadfully slow to wake up to the fact that society as a whole cares strongly about this. Creating a safer online environment for children is similar to car safety for children in the 1970s where everyone needs to play a part, like with the Green Cross Code, education seat belt wearing and car seat use.'

This all comes on the back (hur hur) of Prime Minister David Cameron agreeing to hold an independent consultation on whether or not ISPs should be forced to block all that lovely adult content. One has to wonder - will the Daily Mail and The Sun, two publications who thrill in their use of boobies and war, be included in this filter designed to protect young minds?

TOPICS:   Technology

15 comments

  • Alexis
    Surprised it took this long for an ISP to push a proper porn filter feature. It's marketing gold for attracting 'family' customers.
  • Wongaporkpies
    surprised anyone can connect to porn sites using Talktalk as an ISP, considering reliability issues
  • The B.
    But this is talk talk right? Surely their internet connections only work sporadically anyway thus minimising the chances of children getting their hands on filth?
  • Sicknote
    Dido Harding sounds like my porn name of Buddy Harding.....(first pets name + mothers maiden name = porn name)
  • M4RKm
    Remember AOL, and their lovely walled garden? looks like talktalk want to bring it back. But where do you stop with blocking websites about "Violence" and "drugs". There are numerous news stories, (BBC/Daily Fail/Sky/ITN/Al Jazeera/BitterWallet) that will include some sort of violence (war), and drugs, well what about talking to frank? are they going to block access to that. Obviously the company who got the £20million contract are going to say it makes perfect sense.
  • Mr. T.
    Looks like the kids will be getting their smut fix the old fashioned way - swapping those filthy mags at school.. If the Gov't/ISP's really wanted to catch copyright pirates they would have set up something like this to block torrents sites, the folk who "opt in" could then get a knock on the door from those hollywood twats and that would the end of it. Perhaps they could then spend all the money acquired on making some decent fucking films for a change. Then the internet could just be used for it sole purpose Titter and Facepoke.. We could ditch the whole internet lifestyle bollocks all socialise with our friends and share our drives containing films and other thieved data like the old days.. Come to think of it, the internet is just shit.
  • james d.
    i dont see an issue with asking people "would you like me to filter adult content" is that what they are doing here?
  • Proxy M.
    Every kid knows how to use a proxy...what is the point?
  • Boris
    I was nannied over porn once. Lovely it was too.
  • Crackajack
    Oh I can just hear the chuckles in the call centres after Mr. W. Anker calls up and asks for the block to be removed. 'Oh please Mr Talk Talk CS rep will you unblock me please as I need to shoot my load and the Mrs is not playing ball so I will have to wank myself silly over nakedsilversurfers.com
  • Chlamydia P.
    Can you block everything EXCEPT porn, gambling, violence and drugs?
  • br04dyz
    I'd be happy with someone filtering adult content.....it would leave me with the really good stuff :-)
  • Richard M.
    Wank wank.
  • The M.
    They are really going to spend time on this when they've *still* not migrated the old Tiscali customers properly yet? Talktalk & effort don't really go together. Wouldn't be surprised if this is bullshit.
  • don C.
    this is just nice and kind from talk talk to do this.free will should block things not a company.after loosing clients they will unblock it without notice,whoever the C.E.O. is at talk talk is a moron..and a liar becouse no one is spending 20 millions just like that on a block.they have an agreement with porn industry after blocking content they expect people to buy the movies on dvd-s.becouse of the simple reason it wont be easy to admit to someone on the other end of the phone that he likes to watch porn.in specially not when family is arround and listening..lets go back to virgin media.

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