This year has seen many attacks on free speech. A new restriction is going into effect in the UK. UK to censor online videos of ‘non-conventional’ sex acts.
I’ve already been contacted by people in Second Life™ worried that it may mean SL will be banded in the UK. It gets complicated as banning requires ‘unconventional sex acts’ be defined and that age verification meet certain standards, which seem to be poorly defined and left to some bureaucrat to decide.
The law was promoted as protecting children. All the despots of the world say they are doing things for ‘the people’ or ‘the children’. When you hear such a claim it should be a red flag signaling you to dig deeper rather than just follow a good sounding label. So, it isn’t surprising the UK law is convoluted. By that I mean what it blocks is defined in other laws. If those other laws become more restrictive the impact is hidden while those ‘other’ laws are promoted. Lots of sleight of hand at work.
So, will SL be banned in the UK? Possibly, but we don’t know. I can’t find a trust worthy number for how many SL users are living in the UK. So, I can’t gauge how responsive the Lab will be without knowing how many users they stand to loose. I seeing a change in the SL age verification process is more likely.
What is obvious is as the law goes into effect people will start finding out what they have allowed. Expect some level of public outrage and blow back. Will the Brit’s force their government to revoke the law? We’ll have to wait and see.
There are currently 4.2 million articles about the law, now that it has already passed and is moving into enforcement. Ever wonder why we only hear about this crap after it becomes law? After our chance to easily change it is gone? You gotta love the media.