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Iceland mulls plan to ban online porn

If you watch porn and were considering moving to Iceland, you might want to reconsider.

In an effort to cut down on violent crime, Icelandic politicians are working on a bill that would completely ban online porn, reports The Telegraph.

The measure, which is still in the planning stages, would make Iceland the first Western democracy to institute China-grade censorship filters — all in the name of protecting women and children.

Why porn? People exposed to violent pornography as children become people who seek to act out those violent images as adults, the bill’s proponents say.

“Surely if we can send a man to the moon, we must be able to tackle porn on the Internet,”an adviser to Iceland interior minister Ögmundur Jonasson told the Daily Mail – likely with a straight face.

Pornography is already illegal in Iceland, though the ban has yet to extend to the Internet, at least partially due to the technical hurdles involved.

To pull off the ban, proponents could block sites by IP address or prevent Icelandic credit cards from paying for pay-per-view websites. Both measures should be equally scary to proponents of online freedom, not to mention proponents of online porn. 

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