Explore the best creative works
Digital Summit Festival Banner

David Cameron to announce opt-in policy for online pornography while also stepping up child porn battle

Prime Minister David Cameron will announce that every household in the UK will need to opt in to receive online porn, while viewing images of porn depicting rape will also be made illegal.

Later today, Cameron will announce that online porn will be blocked by internet providers unless the account holder states otherwise, in an effort to protect children from viewing the material.

“The impact it is having on the innocence of our children. How online pornography is corroding childhood,” he will state.

"And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.

"I'm not making this speech because I want to moralise or scaremonger, but because I feel profoundly as a politician, and as a father, that the time for action has come. This is, quite simply, about how we protect our children and their innocence."

The speech will also hear Cameron bring the law in England and Wales in line with Scotland in banning extreme pornographic imagery outright.

"These images normalise sexual violence against women - and they are quite simply poisonous to the young people who see them.

"We are closing the loophole - making it a criminal offence to possess internet pornography that depicts rape."

More about the plan, which will include certain search engine terms being banned,can be read here.

By continuing to use The Drum, I accept the use of cookies as per The Drum's privacy policy