Blackberry peddling porn! Won't somebody think of the children?

BlackBerry under fire over illegal sex content including child porn

See! Blackberry are distributing porn over their handsets. Even child porn! Something must be done immediately. Denounce Blackberry! kill the evildoers! kill them with fire!

Wait a minute...  This is Blackberrys doing I take it?
Smartphone company BlackBerry faces controversy after it was revealed its customers have been able to access illegal sex content on the internet, including child pornography.
Since the summer, BlackBerry has failed to provide internet blocks which protect users, including children, from accessing a list of banned websites.
Oh...

*Calls off the angry mob*

So people can access illegal porn (And presumably legal porn) on Blackberry handsets and the company that issue them are not stopping it.

Funnily enough you can do that on pretty much anything that can access the web. Accessing illegal porn is just that - illegal. It's not up to Blackberry to stop people using their legal product for illegal purposes. You can bash someones head in with a chair but nobody blames Ikea.
The news will alarm parents since teenagers make up a large proportion of the eight million BlackBerry users in the UK.
The news will not alarm sensible parents, only those with little or no intelligence who rely on the state to do their job for them. A parent, in the true sense of the word, would regulate their child's internet access or maybe even not buy a young child a Blackberry phone when a standard handset will do.

If you think about it, Blackberrys are expensive and children don't have any money. If a parent makes the choice to buy such a phone for their offspring, then they need to take responsibility for the way it is used.
Last night, telecoms regulator Ofcom said it was ‘very concerned’ about the issue and that it was talking urgently to Canada’s Research in Motion (RIM), owners of BlackBerry, about how to solve the problem.
RIM should really be telling Ofcom to take a hike as this is neither their problem nor responsibility.
All mobile phone operators in Britain are signed up to a code of practice which ensures they apply a block on access to sex sites on the internet.
And assuming an adult buys a phone and wants to use it to access legal porn? It's been known to happen. But of course that can't be allowed to happen in case a child sees it. Eventually it will be all porn on all devices, blocked at source in the name of protecting the kiddies.
A spokesman for RIM said: ‘By the end of 2011, we will have a solution in place that blocks access to these sites.’
Why? It's up to the end user what they do with the product.

The British Government aren't too keen on Blackberry. They offer a closed messaging service that the Powers that be can't access and monitor. They hate that and think it must be stopped. Maybe this is just the next step in that process. Invoke child porn and the danger to the kiddies and who can complain?
A spokesman for the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre said: ‘All service providers have a responsibility to help safeguard the online environment and close down any opportunities for offenders.
‘If they are not doing so this would be a matter of grave concern.’
They have no such responsibility and the only matter of 'grave concern' is the level of censorship our Government is willing to go to. All with the blessing of the masses of course.

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