The government is reportedly constructing a “whitelist” of websites to counter the sometimes-indiscriminate filters internet service providers (ISPs) introduced at its requests.

The filters have been heavily criticized for blocking sites run by charities that aim to educate young people about topics such as sex, drugs and health issues.

A report conducted by BBC Newsnight last month found that all three of the major ISP-run filters current in place worked erratically. TalkTalk’s, for example, failed to identify 7 per cent of adult content online whilst blocking sites such as the sex education-focused BishUK.com and Edinburgh’s Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

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