Porn watchdog under fire

Britain's online porn watchdog, the Internet Watch Foundation, has announced a new chief executive and a tough new policy on child pornography amid resignations and criticisms.

The IWF was set up in 1996 in response to the growing amount of illegal pornography on the internet.

It has come in for criticism, both from civil liberties organisations and from those lobbying for more to be done to remove paedophile content from the net.

New chief executive Peter Robbins, a senior ranking officer in the Metropolitan Police, is due to take over the helm on 1 April.

In a major change of policy the IWF is recommending that all UK ISPs remove newsgroups that have names that appear to advocate or advertise paedophile content.

Newsgroups have long been seen as the internet's discussion boards and they cover a huge range of material, including political debate.

The decision to ban suspect newsgroups is a U-turn from its old policy of notice and takedown - a far less proactive approach to illegal content which resulted in the removal of 40,000 items of child pornography.

News source: BBC Sci-Tech News - Porn watchdog under fire

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