Posted by Guildford Web Services on 09/September/2019
Whilst looking at what is happening in the world of web hosting and design in general, we found this worrying article: UK’s plans to fine web hosts for hosting “objectionable” content
What is worrying, is not the article itself, but that 'objectionable' hasn't been fully described in law - to give an example, a UK cafe called Fanny's wanted to post an add with a British favourite meal via Google ads - this advert included the description of 'Faggots, peas and carrots' - Google found this 'objectionable'! (apparently a UK dish incites gender inequality!!)
All businesses need hosting - specifically LGBT+ businesses, Religious groups, you name it, they all need hosting. Obviously 'graphic adult content' needs to be looked at on a per client basis.
There are ways to promote an adult service without EXPLICITLY saying what it is - the intended audience will know that they have landed on the right site (trust us we already have done this!)
Whereas full on hate speech/violence should not be allowed on a public platform like the web - the underlying issue here is the lack of definition, that in itself is not good, as the definition will be suggested by a court of law, WHEN a UK company gets fined for 'objectionable content' - although we may never know - this law maybe ineffective by October 31st!
So that we don’t get fined ourselves – we have simply put a nice photo of a lonely cat for this post - the only 'obection' that we may have, is that the kitty has no friends!!!