Porn taxes, ISP censorship and upload filters are just a few ways our Internet freedoms are being eroded. If you haven’t already, it’s time to get a VPN
Australian and New Zealand ISP’s start censoring the Internet
After the events in Christchurch, ISP’s in Australia and New Zealand took the unprecedented step of blocking their customers access to entire sites across the Internet. BitChute was one of the sites affected and remains blocked at this time. We were not contacted prior to the censorship. Instead, we have received a steady flood of people noting that the site is unavailable in the two countries unless a VPN is used.
BitChute is strongly opposed to this direct contravention to the civil liberties that citizens are supposed to have. If you agree with us and do not wish to see this type of censorship becoming more common place you may wish to vote with your wallet and change your ISP. A list of ISP’s that took this action have been included below.
Spark NZ, Vodafone NZ, and Vocus NZ.
Telstra AU and Vodafone AU.
£5 PORN TAX to browse X-rated sites from the UK
From April 1st, anyone attempting to access Pornhub, YouPorn and several other adult sites from a UK device will be redirected to a non-pornographic “landing page”, operated by AgeID. Internet users will be able to pay with a credit card or alternatively “porn passes” will be sold by thousands of shops across the UK.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) will also be able to block porn websites if they fail to show they are denying access to under-18s.
We oppose governments charging any amount, for any reason to access the Internet. Once a system like this has been established it will be very tempting for politicians to extend the use-cases and increase the cost in order track an individuals online use and levy further taxes. Many have questioned the effectiveness of ‘porn passes’ when it is equally possible and far more private to obtain porn by using a VPN. When using a VPN your connection will appear to come from a country of your choosing such as the US or a different part of Europe.
EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet
The European Union (EU) has passed all articles of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive. Article 13 of the copyright directive mandates that websites are absolutely responsible for keeping copyrighted materials ever getting onto their sites. This is a shift from the existing laws that allow sites a reasonable amount of time to deal with copyright claims.
Under the new EU copyright directive, video hosting sites will need to implement some sort of upload filter to make sure that pieces of copyright infringing material never get uploaded. Such technology will be riddled with problems, and even Google hasn’t figured out how to do this yet. Imagine how difficult this will be for live-streaming sites where at any moment in time copyrighted material could appear on screen.
Some have even suggested that websites may need to block or restrict certain access to the EU entirely. Sales in technologies such as VPN’s that are able to bypass such restrictions are likely to skyrocket.