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Legislators in South Carolina have moved a new bill which would make it illegal for a smartphone, tablet or computer to be sold in the state without a porn filter. The filter will render the device incapable of accessing online porn. However, those who want the ability to access adult content online will have to pay an additional $20 in order to purchase a smartphone, tablet or computer without a porn filter.

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The bill is called Human Trafficking Prevention Act and it was filed before the Christmas break. It will be taken up when the South Carolina legislature returns in January. The bill is called the Human Trafficking Prevention Act because the $20 fees would fund anti-trafficking efforts.

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,” explained Representative Bill Chumley, who is a co-sponsor of the bill.

The sponsors of the bill haven’t really provided any technical details about how the porn filter is going to work, whether it’s going to be installed at the factory for the aforementioned devices or if sales representatives will install it at the point of sale. There’s also the question of this entire act infringing on First Amendment rights.

More clarity on this matter will likely be sought once the state legislature reconvenes after Christmas.

Filed in General.. Source: gizmodo

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