Most Brits are removing their internet p0rn blockers

cat puterA new report from Ofcom shows that UK broadband customers are overwhelmingly opting out of using those pesky parental-control systems foisted on ISPs by the government.

It’s hardly surprising that the birthplace of the Carry On series and smutty holiday postcards isn’t rushing to block suspect web content with take-up in the single digits for three of the four major providers.

The communications watchdog said that only 5% of BT customers agreed to “family friendly network level filtering” when offered the system, while 8% of BSkyB punters and 4% of Virgin Media (heh!) subscribers switched it on when prompted on their broadband service.

TalkTalk, which launched its service in May 2011, reported significantly higher take up figures than the other three ISPs with 36%, Ofcom reported.

Saying that though, TalkTalk has stated that before it introduced pre-ticking, the number of new customers opting for HomeSafe was closer to 20%, indicating that pre-ticking had driven uptake of the service.

Ofcom noted that the figures represented take-up only at the time of account activation, and said it’s possible more customers turned on the filters afterwards. I guess it depends if there’s kids in the household too.

The new filtering system was introduced following a campaign by the Daily Mail newspaper and pressure from prime minister David Cameron.

The default-on web filters have proven controversial, with critics arguing that they risk blocking legitimate websites – such as those about sexual health, domestic violence and eating disorders.

Earlier this month, an Open Rights Group project found that almost a fifth of websites are being wrongly blocked by the overzealous UK government filters.