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Web porn payment block considered

The Government's internet proposals include blocking payments to websites which fail to stop children viewing pornography, it has been reported.

The Daily Telegraph says it has learnt banks and credit card firms will be asked to hold back cash from paying customers of websites hosting explicit, although still legal, material if they are unable to implement restrictions to stop under-age children from accessing it.

Financial organisations and the video services regulator will meet next month in an effort to finalise the deal, the paper adds. It also reports it is hoped a voluntary deal will be agreed with credit card firms.

The paper states: "Government sources have made it clear that ministers would be prepared to consider legislation, if necessary."

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