MP tells PC Pro to "get a grip" over web censorship fears

Claire Perry

Claire Perry refuses to reveal exactly what adult content she would like ISPs to block

Claire Perry MP has told PC Pro to "get a grip" after we challenged her to explain exactly what type of adult content she wanted British ISPs to block.

Perry is the chair of the Independent Parliamentary Inquiry into Online Child Protection, which last month urged the Government to consider forcing British ISPs to block adult content by default.

oh dear, I think you are missing the point. Sigh. What would a current device level filter block? Thats the test. Get a grip chaps

Earlier this week, PC Pro contacted the MP for Devizes on Twitter, asking her to define exactly what type of content she would like to see blocked.

Our tweet read: "Challenge to Claire Perry MP (@Claire4Devizes): we'll send you 10 website links, you tell us whether ISPs should block them or not, and why."

Last night, Perry replied: "oh dear, I think you are missing the point. Sigh. What would a current device level filter block? Thats [sic] the test. Get a grip chaps."

Perry's comments were met with anger by several PC Pro followers. "Those who object to state censorship of the internet need to 'get a grip'?" wrote @DisclosureBlog.

"A current device level filter would block what individuals would deem appropriate. Not the government," commented DrW_Qass.

"Twice in last 4 mths Vodafone hv blocked access to Political Betting blog. Why shd I a 37 yr old hv to put up w this?" added @MarkReckons.

Earlier this week in an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Perry claimed that the internet should be regulated in a similar manner to television and other forms of media.

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