Schools Look at Software Blocking Non-sexual LGBT Websites

ANGELA PASCOPELLA's picture
Thursday, October 4, 2012

Public schools across the country overwhelmingly responded positively to the "Don't Filter Me" campaign to address discriminatory censorship of web content in public schools, the American Civil Liberties Union announced in a report today.

The report chronicles the conclusion of the campaign, which asked students to determine if web content geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities — a frequent target of censorship in schools — was blocked by their school's web browsers.

The ACLU found that most schools did not realize that, in addition to blocking all sexually explicit websites regardless of sexual orientation, their filtering software also contained a feature to block LGBT-related websites that were not sexually explicit.

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