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A website explaining Darwin's evolution theory is blocked for children based on new internet filters, daily Hürriyet reported.

The website is inaccessible for users applying a "Children Profile" to their connection, a filter designed for underaged users in accord with the new internet regulations activated by the Turkish government.

The censor reportedly keeps children away from evolution theory, but allows access to websites on creation.

The editor-in -chief of The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey's magazine stated that the ban was not against the theory of evolution specifically.

"If that was the case, every website that used to word would have been banned. This one may have been banned for containing harmful material to children."

The controversial new internet regulations work under two sets of filters, “family” and “children”, that block access to all websites containing material related to drugs, obscenity, terrorism and prostitution.

However the “family” profile will still allow users to access forums, personal and social network websites while the “children” profile limits the user to only several types of web pages such as public and educational websites.

Those who do not choose one of these profiles are automatically included in “standard profile,” which follows the newly set internet filters enabled by the recent change in law.

December/08/2011

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henry laycock laycock

12/8/2011 8:17:29 PM

This is absolutely shocking. Does Turkey want to join the ranks of the most reactionary forms of Judaism and Christianity? That is what this ban implies. Censorship of scientific truth.

Baris

12/8/2011 12:52:38 PM

Pathetic. Does the filter also ban sites which state the world is round? Strictly speaking, this item should be in the Turkey/Politics section, not Science and Technology.

Scott Lusher

12/8/2011 12:37:51 PM

I despair for Turkey when accepted scientific belief is considered unacceptable for children. We don't keep them away from knowledge of our heliocentric planetary system or the effects of gravity. How can understanding the world be bad for kids?
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