Claire Perry: not disappointed now
The Daily Mail campaign to protect children from online pornography did not achieve its hoped-for result, when the government announced at the start of this week that there will be no automatic block requiring users to ‘opt in’ if they want to view porn, though internet providers will be asked to ‘actively’ encourage parents to switch filters on instead where children are using computers. The Tory MP Claire Perry, who has campaigned hard on this issue, told Monday’s Daily Mail that she was “obviously disappointed the opt-in option has been rejected”.
Three days later, she had cheered up no end. “Clearly, like many others I thought an opt-in was the simplest and best way to do it,” she told the Daily Mail, “but you have to listen when you do consultations… There isn’t a majority in favour of an automatic block. If you have proper age verification systems, then I think this new system will put us a long way ahead of the rest of the world.”
What could have happened in that short period to have such a positive effect? Could it have anything to do with a call the ‘disappointed’ Ms Perry received from David Cameron inviting her to be his adviser on “preventing the sexualisation and commercialisation of childhood.” I think it possibly could.
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