Far right bill would ban adult content on cell phones in South Carolina

Bil Browning

A Republican lawmaker wants to put a block on adult content for computers and other internet-ready devices like cell phones sold in the state, removable only through paying a $20 fee to the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

Manufacturers who sell a device without a digital blocking system installed would face a fine. The money collected from the fees and fines would go to the human trafficking task force.

State Rep. Bill Chumley said the Human Trafficking Prevention Act, co-sponsored by fellow Republican, state Rep. Mike Burns, would combat crimes against children and protect children from exposure to sexually explicit materials.

“If we could have manufacturers install filters that would be shipped to South Carolina, then anything that children have access on for pornography would be blocked,” he told GoUpstate. “We felt like that would be another way to fight human trafficking.”

In addition to paying the fee, anyone wishing to remove the filter blocking adult content would have to prove they are 18 or older.

Users would be able to flag obscene content that the filter failed to register and block. It would also restrict access to websites that facilitate prostitution.

“It’s where almost everybody has access to a computer now. It’s porn on demand,” Chumley said. “We have to start somewhere… We’re bringing attention to it. We’re not being political. It’s an issue I’m pretty passionate about.”

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