Utah is about to pass a law making iPhones filter porn — but only if other states pass one, too

Utah is about to pass a law making iPhones filter porn — but only if other states pass one, too


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In the next week, Utah’s governor will decide whether to make all phones and tablets in the state filter pornography… sort of. The bill, which passed Utah’s legislature earlier this month, would require mobile devices to “automatically enable a filter capable of blocking material that is harmful to minors.” Gov. Spencer Cox has said he will “carefully consider” signing it by the March 25th deadline.

But the rule won’t change anything in the immediate future — a fact one lawmaker even cited as a benefit.

In theory, Utah’s H.B. 72 mandates active adult content filters on all smartphones and tablets sold in Utah. Phone makers would provide a passcode to let buyers disable the filter, although it’s not clear if they’d need to verify the…

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