Daily Mail demonstrates perfectly why web filters won't work

Recently the Daily Mail has been spearheading a holier-than-thou campaign against Internet porn and the creation of a ridiculously ill-conceived, technically-illiterate Tory-family-friendly web porn filter. A recent article published on September 8th on the Mail Online website embarassingly featured (before being quickly fixed) a photo of a pornographic website ‘PinkVisualPad’ (nope, I’ve never heard of it either) on an iPad containing an image of a woman performing oral sex on a male (bottom-left of the screen). Whoops, naughty DM, hardcore porn too.

Screenshot of the Mail Online article.

To be fair to MoL/Daily Mail, the image is a stock photo from a reputable source (AFP/Getty), it’d be fair to assume any image from that source would not have inappropriate content and so the article’s author would have assumed that’d be the case without having to carefully scrutinise the image. The offending image within the main photo is also pretty small and you could easily scroll right past it without immediately noticing.

This just goes to show how easy it is for ‘pornographic’ imagery to appear anywhere, even accidentally and how hard it would be to stop it. If or when the proposed DM/Cameron porn filter becomes active does that mean the Mail Online will be blacklisted? Best to be safe rather than sorry.

Can you imagine if the photo from this article was included in their actual paper?