(ZIP) -- Apparently this is a top priority among House Dems.
A group of congressional Democrats has joined with a group of activist organizations in asking the Federal Communications Commission to ensure that online filtering software at schools doesn’t block “access to important LGBT resources for library patrons and high school students.”
By law, libraries and schools must block online content that is “obscene; child pornography; or harmful to minors.”
“It has been reported to me that filtering software also can be used to block much more,” said Rep. Mike Honda (D-Calif.), chairman of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus. ”Regrettably, Internet content filtering software can — intentionally or unintentionally — be used to block access to particular viewpoints in a discriminatory manner.”
The congressional letter cites the 2011 PFLAG v. Camdenton R-III School District case, brought by the ACLU because the school’s filtering software blocked the websites of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbian and Gays (PFLAG), the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Campus Pride, and DignityUSA. The school district unblocked those sites but the lawsuit continued because of its “sexuality” filter that blocked “all LGBT-supportive information, including many websites that are not sexually explicit in any way.”