Three have blocked a popular website helping people cope with the cost of living crisis because it is “adult content”.
Enough Is Enough (EIE), a campaign tackling rising energy bills, food poverty and lack of wage growth in the UK, could not be viewed as Three deemed it inappropriate for children.
Instead, visitors to the campaign website were warned that they could not access the page because it was for adults only. “We have restricted access to this page as we believe it contains content that is not suitable for those under the age of 18,” read Three’s account security message.
Three later said the site had been blacklisted “by mistake” and had been unblocked. But he gave little information about how he came to be restricted in the first place.
EIA website includes campaign petitions, demands for lower energy bills and higher taxes for the wealthy, and organizes national and local events.
The group tweeted that they received “hundreds of messages about this. Why are you reporting our website as adult content? tagging the official Three UK account.
Labor MP Zarah Sultana, who is a client of Three, tweeted that she was “wanting to know why our cost of living campaign is inaccessible and why Three’s filter flagged it as adult content. This is frankly unacceptable. »
The news comes as Boris Johnson has rejected calls to intervene on the cost of living crisis, refusing calls for an emergency budget, regular Cobra meetings and a recall of parliament – insisting that ‘it was for “a future Prime Minister to decide if or what measures are required”.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), around nine in 10 adults (87%) in Britain reported that their cost of living rose in March alone, with rising energy prices fueling the surge.
The wholesale price of gas in January 2022 was almost four times higher than at the start of 2021, with limited natural gas inventories and supply issues driving up gas prices globally.
“The number of consumers who have contacted us fearing that Three UK may be blacklisting their political views now number in the thousands,” a spokesperson for Enough is Enough said.
“It makes sense for them to revise their policy of censoring pro-worker voices as soon as possible or risk alienating loyal customers.”
Enough is enough did not answer The Independentof when the organization first noticed it was a problem, whether Three had given an answer or whether another provider had blocked the website.
Three says The Independent that it was investigating the issue but provided no further details about it or when the company was first alerted to the issue. He then said the site had been blocked “by mistake”.
“As with everything [mobile networks]Three is required to follow regulations that block websites classified as containing adult content,” a spokesperson said.
“Responsibility for guidelines and review of websites is managed by the British Board of Film Classification and Three implements its decisions. This website was originally classified as containing adult content in error.
“After receiving complaints, we quickly unblocked the website so users could access it again. We apologize for the inconvenience to those affected and if anyone is still having trouble accessing the website, he can contact us.