Blocking Discrimination…Symantec to remove censorship category for blocking gay lifestyle websites

Posted: 17 September, 2014 in Internet Blocking
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censorship for dummies One of the biggest web censorship services in the world has announced they are scrapping blocks on gay and lesbian content.Symantec, the online security firm behind Norton, has routinely been censorsing out LGBTI websites offering news, charity and support. The lifestyle-sexual orientation category will now be removed from its databases. Fran Rosch, executive vice president for Norton products said:

Making this change was not only the right thing to do, it was a good business decision. Having a category in place that could be used to filter out all LGBT-oriented sites was inconsistent with Symantec’s values and the mission of our software.

While Symantec will allow customers to set their search to block adult oriented websites, there will no longer be an option to block websites just because they have LGBTI content.


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