Porn in Public: City Librarian Says No To Computer Filters
At a City Council meeting today, the city's head librarian stated that he was against putting software filters on public library computers to block users from accessing porn, reports Fox News. Arguing that the filters would prevent patrons from accessing legitimate information -- such as a search for "breast cancer" -- City Librarian Martin Gomez added that he also feels it's parent's responsibility to monitor what their kids do online.
The meeting was a result of a motion introduced earlier this month by Councilman Ed Reyes, after patrons of the Chinatown public library complained of seeing screens full of porn as they waited in line to use computers.
Cheryl Collins, acting director of branch services, noted at today's meeting that the department was in the process of reviewing privacy issues at various library branches, such as how computers are positioned, as well as working on replacing old privacy screens with new ones.
Councilman Paul Krekorian spoke out in favor of the filters, noting that city employees have them on their office computers.