Library to block porn websites
YAKIMA HERALD REPUBLIC
Dan Catchpole | September 26, 2012
Yakima Valley Regional Library started blocking pornographic websites from its computers Wednesday after community members petitioned for tighter controls.
Library officials said a recent U.S. District Court ruling opened the door for them to be more selective about what content patrons can access while using a library’s computers.
Community members petitioned the library’s board of trustees for the policy change following a 22-year-old man’s arrest in August for allegedly masturbating while at one of the library’s computers. The board voted 5-0 to restrict online content at its Monday meeting.
The filters are works in progress, and will be reviewed and adjusted as needed, library Director Kim Hixson said. “We moved really quickly. We wanted to be proactive.”
But the new filters would not have prevented the August incident, because the man was not looking at content that would be considered pornographic, she said.
A local television station, however, reported last month that the man had been looking at sexually explicit material, which was not true, Hixson said.