Utah governor considering law that would block porn on phones by default

The governor of Utah is considering signing a bill that would make pornography filters mandatory and switched on by default on cell phones sold in the state.

The bill would require smartphone manufacturers automatically to enable filters on devices “activated” in Utah that prevent “the user from accessing or downloading material that is harmful to minors,” which includes pornography.

Adults would be provided a passcode to deactivate the filters if they choose.

The Utah law would take effect Jan. 1, 2022 if passed. Governor Spencer Cox has until March 25 to decide whether to sign or veto the bill.

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