Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union, sent a letter to Prince William County Schools regarding their filtering software. After investigating, the ACLU found that the software used is intentionally set to block LGBT-related websites.
The Bluecoat software used by the Vineland School District in New Jersey and the Prince William County Schools in Virginia has a specialized filter called “LGBT.”
With Minnesota’s Northfield School District, the ACLU is starting a new initiative demanding the stop of viewpoint-based censorship of web content geared toward the LGBT communities. They have sent letters to school systems across the country.
“There is no legitimate reason why any public school should be using an anti-LGBT filter,” said Joshua Block, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project. “This is not a case where overbroad filters are accidentally filtering out LGBT websites. These filters are designed to discriminate and are programmed specifically to target LGBT-related content that would not otherwise be blocked as sexually explicit or inappropriate. Public schools have a duty to provide students with viewpoint-neutral access to the Internet.”