Proposed bill would prevent PCs sold in South Carolina from accessing porn (unless you pay up)

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member

Lawmakers in South Carolina have submitted a proposal before the legislature that would require PCs and other Internet-connected devices sold in the state to come pre-installed with pornography-blocking software.

According to RT, the proposal mandates that device manufacturers install porn blockers on all Internet devices sold in the state to prevent users from viewing obscene content. Failure to comply would result in a fine levied against the manufacturer.

The proposal, courtesy of Republican State Representative William "Bill" Chumley, gets even sketchier when you consider that manufacturers would be able to opt out of the ban by paying $20 per device sold. Similarly, consumers that prove they’re at least 18 or older could also have the software removed so long as they submit a written request that the filter be disabled, the publication notes.

Funds generated from the money grab would be used to combat human trafficking.

The proposal seems a bit far-fetched at first glance but then again, it’s par for the course in the south. Alabama’s Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, which was passed in 1998 and stands to this day, makes it a criminal offense to sell adult toys in the state. First-time offenders could face a fine of up to $10,000 and a year behind bars.

Critically, the proposal doesn’t outline exactly how the adult content filter would work, who would provide and install it or how it would potentially infringe on First Amendment rights. As it sits today, it sounds a lot like ransomware, no?

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davislane1

"The proposal seems a bit far-fetched at first glance but then again, it’s par for the course in the south. "

Bro, I'm from the south. This isn't anywhere near "par." It's not even on the same hole.

But then, yank's gonna yank.
 

MonsterZero

TS Evangelist
Well welcome to the dark ages South Carolina. You'd better go get a new laptop before the pass this bill and then all the computer manufacturers stop selling products in your state.

Gees, South Carolina taking a tip from China I guess here by blocking anything they don't deem okay.
 

Cycloid Torus

Stone age computing - click on the rock below..
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psycros

TS Evangelist
If the state wants to include any sort of adult filtering software on PCs sold within the state, that's fine..but disabling it should be a matter of typing in a password provided with the new PC and clicking an "off" toggle. A fair number of citizens (particularly those with underage kids) would probably appreciate free "nannyware", but there should be NO hoops to jump through in order to disable it.
 

mccartercar

TS Booster
I just don't even. No one has parents in South Carolina, thus the righteous law makers must shield the innocent lambs from the evil of carnal knowledge. Why does this bring me back around to the fact that Trump wants every state to decide whats best for it's people?
 
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davislane1

I just don't even. No one has parents in South Carolina, thus the righteous law makers must shield the innocent lambs from the evil of carnal knowledge. Why does this bring me back around to the fact that Trump wants every state to decide whats best for it's people?
Because you're paranoid states will no longer be subject to a centralized authority. Which isn't so much paranoia as it is a legitimate concern for those who value centralized government over state's rights.
 

Uncle Al

TS Evangelist
Clearly a form of censorship that, no matter how well intended, still violates the 1st Amendment according to the last Supreme Court Ruling on the same subject. Hopefully that state legislation has enough legal minds to avoid appearing as backward as they are being portrayed.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
Of course, you just have to reformat the PC (which I would do as a matter of course on any PC I buy) to eliminate it... unless of course, they mandate that Microsoft include this anti-porn software into Windows (but only to install in their state!)... Love to see them try that...
 

kenc1101

TS Booster
I just don't even. No one has parents in South Carolina, thus the righteous law makers must shield the innocent lambs from the evil of carnal knowledge. Why does this bring me back around to the fact that Trump wants every state to decide whats best for it's people?
You do understand that's the way the Constitution is written right? The powers that are not explicitly defined and granted to the Federal Government are left to the states. The way it should be. Don't like something? Vote them out. Federal Government overreach is why we have so many of the problems we have now.
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
You do understand that's the way the Constitution is written right? The powers that are not explicitly defined and granted to the Federal Government are left to the states. The way it should be. Don't like something? Vote them out. Federal Government overreach is why we have so many of the problems we have now.
So despite the fact that the entire nation votes for your federal government, what THEY do is dictatorial and what the individual states do is democratic?
 

kenc1101

TS Booster
So despite the fact that the entire nation votes for your federal government, what THEY do is dictatorial and what the individual states do is democratic?
Yes, if the Federal Government is overstepping their Constitutional authority. The Constitution was designed specifically that way. The Constitution grants the the federal Government certain limited powers by design. ObamaCare is a perfect example of the Federal Government overstepping their authority. They do not have the authorized power to create or mandate healthcare for/to anyone. Total abuse of authority. Most powers were meant to be kept as close to the individual as possible.