More specifically, they are worried because pornography is being blocked, and some video games are being blocked as a result, reports MCV.
In the UK the current Conservative government has launched a pornography filter, with the goal being — obviously — to block pornography, but many other sites and services are being caught in the crossfire. ISPs in the UK were asked to provide a list of sites with 'questionable' content and 'incredibly' sites like Childline (a free counselling service for children) and Refuge (which provides aid to victims of domestic) are being blocked by certain service providers in an overzealous attempt to block information about safe sex. It is, in a word, disgusting.
Video games are being affected. Perhaps the most mainstream example was a League of Legends update that was reportedly blocked by certain providers because it featured the word sex in the file name. This has raised an issue — how will the digital games business be impacted by this filter?
"The games industry is always keen to make sure children are protected from harmful content," said UKIE boss Dr. Jo Twist. "We are concerned, however, with the potential impact of web filters in blocking games content that is not harmful to children. We have been meeting with the main ISPs to have more clarity around how their filters are being applied."
An internet filter for Australia has long been under discussion, with Stephen Conroy long advocating some sort of censorship filter for Australia. Talk of that has died down as of late, but Malcolm Turnbull raised the issue as late as September of last year, before quickly backing down, claiming he had long opposed the idea.
With the UK, we seem to be seeing first hand just how disastrous such a filter could have been.