Alabama Bill Would Mandate XXX Filters On All Internet-Connected Devices

Jack Williams, a Republican legislator in the state of Alabama, has proposed a new bill that would block by default all “obscene” content on internet-enabled devices and would require citizens pay a fee to remove the filter.

The proposal, labeled in the Alabama legislature as House Bill 428, would “prohibit the sale of a device that provides Internet access unless the device contains an active filter that blocks access to specified types of obscene material.”

Under the law, selling a device that did not include the content filter to an adult would be charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in prison and a $6,000 fine. Selling to a minor would be considered a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison and fines of $30,000 per offense.

Details as to how the filter would be applied and who would be in charge of managing the content the is blocked is not defined by the bill and would appear to leave that responsibility up to the product seller. The law does state that it would require vendors to maintain a website or call center where users could report sites to be blocked, and failure to add those sites would result in a $500 fine per report.

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