The Knesset on Wednesday passed 49-14 in a preliminary reading a measure that would widen the definition of “harmful content” on the Internet to reduce the exposure of youths to pornographic content. The bill also sets an extra state-funding grant to Internet providers that filter this type of content.
“The purpose of this bill is to protect our children,” said MK Miki Zohar (Likud) who initiated the measure. “We are saving kids while adults can do whatever they want,” he added, dismissing the opposition’s concerns that information over the Web will be blocked.
“We must change this unbearable situation in which eight-year-olds are being exposed to porn, sometimes against their will. If we don’t protect them, we will regret it in the long run,” he said.