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Dell’s gift to haters: A tool to block all gay websites

Firms including Dell are handing anti-gay forces the option to block public use of all ‘gay and lesbian’ content, even when it is not sexual.

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27th December 2013 03:01

Alessia Valenza | ILGA North America

Leading computer companies are helping anti-LGBTI people to block public access to ‘gay and lesbian’ websites – including vital services. The policy, including at Dell, has been condemned as ‘incredibly poor business sense’ and dangerous for vulnerable people.

Two of the companies known to be involved are supportive of gay rights in public, scoring 100% in the US Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.
But behind the scenes they are selling a product allowing the filtering.

One firm, Trend Micro, has now agreed to drop the filtering option immediately after Gay Star News highlighted the problem. But Dell, an officially gay-friendly firm, is refusing to do so. Dell sells a ‘premium’ internet filtering product to block ‘sites that provide information, promote, or cater to gay and lesbian lifestyles’.

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