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Utah Lawmakers Vote To Automatically Filter Pornography Out Of Every Phone And Tablet

Utah Lawmakers have voted to require every cellphone and tablet sold in the state of Utah to automatically block pornography. According to the Associated Press, critics of the bill are calling it a direct intrusion on free speech. Supporters are arguing it’s an essential step in helping parents keep explicit content away from their children, especially because most of them have spent more time online during the pandemic. 


Governor Spencer Cox hasn’t publicly said whether he will sign or veto the bill. If he signs it, the measure wouldn’t go into effect unless five other states implement similar laws. He has until March 25 to decide.

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!