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Sky censorship tool updated following blocking dispute

Sky has once again been forced to reconfigure the settings on its online porn filters after a legitimate news website was blocked.

Sky Broadband Shield and other similar filters put in place by major internet service providers at the behest of British Prime Minister David Cameron have previously faced criticism for blocking legitimate sites like sex education and abuse support websites (opens in new tab).

The 'opt-in' filter system is ostensibly designed to block online pornography, though file-sharing sites and music download sites also fall into its net. This led to the news site TorrentFreak mistakenly being blocked.

The questionable initiative by the UK government to add filters to leading ISPs has come under fire (opens in new tab) in recent weeks for being the potential start to a censorship creep, designed to block any subversive content from the general public in the name of protecting children's innocence.

Backlash has come in the form of various extensions designed to bypass the filters, one of which is dubbed Go Away Cameron (opens in new tab). Created by a Singaporean computer science graduate, the browser extension (opens in new tab) claims to be "the easiest way to access blocked sites."

It was reported yesterday that notorious file-sharing site the Pirate Bay was also working on new ways to circumvent blocks put in place by ISPs (opens in new tab).

In a statement to the BBC (opens in new tab), Sky said: "If at any time a website owner believes they have been unfairly filtered or miscategorised by Sky Broadband Shield, they can contact Sky and we will look into it as soon as we can."