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IrelandUnder-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach

18:25  20 june  2019
18:25  20 june  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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Under - 18 s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach Jun 20 2019 15:46.

The UK government wants to stop anyone under 18 from accessing online pornography . There is also uncertainty as to whether the restrictions will be able to prevent children from accessing pornography , as they don’t apply to social media platforms that contain pornographic content, such

Under-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that people aged under 18 years must not have access to online pornography.

Mr Varadkar’s comments come in the wake of the Ana Kriegel murder case and widespread calls to review laws governing online material.

As he arrived at an EU leaders’ summit in Brussels, the Taoiseach was asked if he believed people aged under-18 should have access to online pornography.

"I don’t think they should. If you go back to the past, when it came to pornographic magazines, it wasn’t possible to sell them to under-18s.  The internet has changed everything in that regard," Mr Varadkar told reporters.

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Internet service providers in the UK will soon be asking new customers if they want access to adult content when they sign up for internet service . Access should not be blocked. People need to stop being so fucking obsessed with what other people do with their own time, money and genitals.

We should be focusing less on technology that won't work but sounds good and more on educating under - 18 s about the risks of different kinds of content and behavior online . The government's stated rationale is that it remains far too easy for children to access adult content online , said Margot James

"Minors should not have access to pornography online. For adults, it’s their own business – but for children it’s different," he added.

Mr Varadkar said the UK was the first country to introduce anti-pornography controls on various social media platforms. He said the Justice Minister will now approach the UK authorities to see how it has worked after one year in operation.

"We always have to ask ourselves two questions. One, is it going to be effective? And two, could there be unintended consequences?" the Taoiseach added.

Under-18s should not have access to online pornography – Taoiseach Ana Kriegel Mr Varadkar also said he felt there was little need to establish a new Oireachtas committee to assess this issue. There was already a large number of committees and this issue could be dealt with by the communications committee.

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Research reveals that 94% of children who have seen online pornography were exposed to it by age 14 and many saw images by accident in pop-up ads.

With the recent proliferation of online pornography , possible social While adults should have limitless access to Internet porn, minors should be kept away from this. essentially anyone who has access to the internet on either a phone or a computer they have the ability to access pornography .

The Taoiseach was arriving at a two-day EU leaders’ summit tasked with picking replacements for four key jobs, including that of Commission President Jean Claude Juncker. He said he thought it would take another special leaders’ summit to unblock that issue.

Mr Varadkar also said leaders of the European People’s Party, to which Fine Gael is allied, expressed continuing solidarity with Ireland over Brexit. He said the UK’s change of Prime Minister does not mean the Withdrawal Agreement concluded by Theresa May can be re-opened.

The Taoiseach said the idea of extending Brexit beyond the October 31 deadline would face considerable hostility among other EU governments.

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