Utah Senate Passes Bill to Block Porn on Devices Sold in the State

The Utah Senate has passed a bill that would automatically block pornography on devices sold within the state.

The HB72 bill was passed 19-6 and sent to the governor for consideration after the House previously approved it.

HB72 aimed to establish “filter requirements and enforcement mechanisms for tablets and smartphones activated in the state on or after January 1 of the year following the year this bill takes effect.”

All cell phone and tablet manufacturers that intend to sell in Utah would be required to install content filters to block porn.

Manufacturers who don’t use filters or allow their devices to show “harmful materials” to children could face thousands of dollars in fines or harsher penalties.

The bill is part of an ongoing anti-pornography campaign by Utah’s conservative lawmakers that has been going on since 2016.

The conservative Utah lawmakers said that it was a “public health concern.”

If the Utah governor approves the bill, five other states would have to pass similar legislation before it could be implemented.


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