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Utah bill requires porn filters for electronic devices

KUTV Salt Lake City logo KUTV Salt Lake City 1/19/2021 McKenzie Stauffer, KUTV
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A Utah bill would require new electronic devices to have pornography filters turned on by default. 

Rep. Susan Pulsipher (R-South Jordan) is sponsoring House Bill 72. If it passes, the porn filter requirement would go into effect in 2022. Manufacturers may face civil liability if they don't comply. 

 If a user does not want the filter, they would need to turn it off manually. 

A similar bill passed during the 2020 legislative session, which requires adult websites to put a warning label on their content.  Failing to do so could result in a financial penalty. Former Gov. Gary Herbert let the bill pass without his signature.

By the time it passed in the Senate, the bill had been slimmed-down to a one-sentence warning label for only online and print material deemed legally obscene. The Associated Press reported that a "relatively small slice of porn is considered obscene, but that hardcore material has fewer constitutional protections."

The porn industry has objected to this bill since it was introduced, saying it could have constitutional problems and open the floodgates for lawsuits.

Utah named pornography a public health crisis in 2016. More than a dozen states have followed suit. 

The 2021 legislative session is set to begin on Tuesday. 

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