South Carolina’s lawmakers are proposing legislature that would require new computers and devices sold in the state to have filters installed preventing citizens from viewing pornography. The buyers, however, would be allowed to pay a $20 fee to get the blocking software removed.
An amendment of the draft was filed with the South Carolina General Assembly, on December 15th, requiring manufacturers or sellers of computers and internet-accessible devices to install this software blocking pornography.
The fee’s attached to this latest amendment would be given to the state’s task force to help in combating human trafficking, according to one of the bill’s sponsors. He also mentioned that citizens would not have their legal liberties restricted as they would still be allowed to view adult pornography, after they pay the fee.
In an interview of William “Bill” Chumley, a Republican State Representative, he stated that, “This is a way to preserve freedom, not raise taxes, and combat a serious problem all in one.”
The software can only be removed if the buyer is over the age of 18. As written in the proposed legislature, manufacturers or sellers who don’t have the blocking software installed will have to pay a $20 opt-out fee for every computer or device they sell.
Technological challenges, or whether this software proposed would restrict interstate commerce for technology firms that sell their devices nationwide, were not addressed in the amendment.
Chumley informed the local media that the amendment is simply a starting point to begin a much needed conversation on the issue and will most likely be adjusted before they vote on the bill. There has been no time set for when the debate or vote will take place.
The GOP has said that “pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the lives of millions. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography, which is closely linked to human trafficking.”
In Utah, this past April, a Republican-backed resolution was made affirming pornography to be a public health hazard that is increasingly desensitizing men towards the violence against woman and children, causing them to have a decreased desire to get married.
According to the Republican Party’s national platform, which is in agreement with the amendments proposed, they are calling for states to crack down on pornography. In addition, they are warning of the internet’s assistance in allowing predators a safe haven to freely continue in their perversion.
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