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The ‘Children Filter’ reportedly keeps children away from evolution theory. DHA photo

The ‘Children Filter’ reportedly keeps children away from evolution theory. DHA photo

A website explaining Darwin’s evolution theory is blocked for children based on new internet filters.
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 Bilim Teknik, a magazine published by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey’s (TÜBİTAK), 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.

Public and educational websites allowed
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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