A harsh school internet software filter in California will now be re-edited to stop censoring gay content.
IT company Lightspeed made the announcement yesterday, after the American Civil Liberties Union claimed it was doing a disservice to gay students.
It became apparent earlier this year that the company’s overly-sensitive filter was accidentally blocking access to non-sexual gay sites such as the Gay Straight Alliance Network, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and the official website for the annual Day of Silence to protest anti-LGBT bullying.
Legal action was muted and media attention mounted and then yesterday the computer company vowed to amend the filter’s design to allow students to access non-sexual gay sites.
"Lightspeed Systems should be commended for responding quickly and responsibly to fix a problem that we have seen in school districts across the county," Joshua Block, staff attorney with the ACLU LGBT Project, told the media.