Tuesday, 24 May 2011 17:41

Lightspeed Systems Will Stop To Develop Gay Websites Filters For Schools

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In California, the company which provides web filters and in particular anti-gay websites filters in schools decided to drop them.

Lightspeed Systems explains LGBT websites will be enumerated under categories such as politics, education, society.

The campaign of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) succeeded once again and this time in California.

In an e-mail, the company said: "The sites that are currently in the education.lifestyles category will now be placed in the broader society, society.politics, education.history or education.social science categories. These changes are intended to properly categorise the sites by their content, without regard to their political or moral viewpoint."

Joshua Block, a staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project said the "Lightspeed Systems should be commended for responding quickly and responsibly to fix a problem that we have seen in school districts across the county."

"Websites should not be singled out for special treatment by public schools simply because they contain LGBT content. Educational websites addressing LGBT history should be treated similarly to other history websites, and websites urging support for the rights of LGBT people should be treated similarly to other political websites. Lightspeed’s new categories will ensure that all public school students have viewpoint-neutral access to important online resources."

The ACLU continues of course to pressure other companies of web filters who block LGBTQ sites.