internetcensorsmallPrince William County Public Schools in Virginia, USA are being asked to stop blocking students from using websites with gay content.


The American Civil Liberties Union is appealing to the school system to stop filtering out websites with LGBT content.

In a letter sent yesterday, the campaigning group said: “Under the First Amendment right to free speech and the Equal Access Act, gay-straight alliances and LGBT support groups should have access to national organizational websites that help them to function, just as other groups, such as Key Clubs and the chess clubs, are able to access their national websites.”

The ACLU discovered that the school was censoring gay content – but not anti-gay content – after students using the group’s Don’t Filter Me software reported it. Don’t Filter Me allows web users to detect whether or not LGBT sites are being blocked.

 

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