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The Government Should NOT Censor Internet Pornography

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With such a large number of people

connected to the Internet, concerns for the safety of viewers have

arisen, especially in the area of adult pornography. Many of the

people who oppose adult pornography have advocated a law requiring

Internet filters that restrict access to all pornographic material on

the Internet. However, a law that requires Internet filters for all

citizens are not the best solutions because there is insufficient

justification to implement them and that many problems would occur

from their implementation.

The filtering of adult pornography on the Internet is not justifiable

for a myriad of different reasons. First, children can be protected

from accidentally viewing pornography through more convenient

solutions than a law requiring Internet filters. Secondly, there is

insufficient evidence showing the negative effects of adult

pornography on the adult population to warrant an Internet filter that

restricts all Internet pornography websites. Thirdly, the first

amendment rights given to every citizen would be violated by a law

calling for Internet filters. Finally, Internet filters may not only

block adult pornography websites, but may also block legal and

informative websites.

To protect children from accidentally viewing adult pornography on the

Internet, a law that requires Internet filters is not the best

solution. As the numbers of pornographic websites continue to grow and

grow, protection is indeed needed. However, this protection could be

provided through more convenient and less restrictive methods, rather

than through a law requiring Internet filters. The easiest solution

would be for parent...

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