Vodacom blocks access to gossip site

2010-11-23 12:54

Vodacom has blocked access to the controversial gossip site Outoilet.

According to the Film and Publications Board (FPB), the cellular network provider last night blocked its users from accessing this site after the recent Jules High School sex debacle.

OuToilet.wen.su on Friday closed its schools chat rooms out of fear that, although the site is registered in Russia, it might be closed down.

This comes after a sex video which featured a 15-year-old girl and two boys, aged 14 and 16, were circulated via the Outoilet site. It was initially reported that the incident was a gang rape.

The FPB this morning praised Vodacom and called on other cellular network providers to follow suit.

“We hope other networks such as MTN and Cell C will join them. It remains within the powers of network providers to take responsible action against identified sites that contain harmful content that affects negatively our children and society,” says the chief executive officer of the FPB, Yoliswa Makhasi.

The FPB says that its decision to ask network providers to assist follows its own monitoring of the site and discovering that it allows people to use the site to “groom” under-aged children for sexual acts.

It is also concerned about the bullying tactics children display through their posts on chat rooms on Outoilet.

“We call on all network providers to take stern action in defence of our children and society against unscrupulous site developers and hosts who seek to expose children to undesirable content,” says Makhasi.

The FPB are also working closely with police in their investigations into the manufacturing, distribution and selling of the Jules High sex video which is considered to be child pornography.

“Anyone who is caught with the video on their cellphone could face a jail term of up to ten years. We will be relentless in drawing attention to such sites and will remain a constant irritation to the hosts and site developers,” says Makhasi.

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