US Carriers Lay Down Porn Plan
from the more-like-playboy-mobile-than-playmobil dept
Mobile operators have a love-hate relationship with porn. They love the revenues it can generate, but they hate the hassles that come along with it. Now, the CTIA trade group and some US carriers have come up with a set of guidelines for adult content, basically saying they'll have systems and tools to try to keep porn away from kids. The first step is that they'll classify the content in their own portals into what's accessible to people under 18 and those over and force people to prove their age to view it -- sometimes known as the mobile porn license plan -- and will later develop "Internet Content Access Control technologies" -- a fancy term for the filters that generally haven't worked out for other carriers that have tried them. It's pretty debatable if any of these things keep determined kids from seeing any boobies, but if nothing else, they let the carriers tell upset parents "hey, we have tools you could have used" when they complain that little Johnny's mind has been forever warped by the postage-stamp sized image he saw on his phone.