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:: Man_Fredd
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Anything which is even remotely 'gay', whether it's sexual or not, is blocked for under 18s on T-Mobile.

I had a hunch about this a while ago, because I couldn't even get on QA on my phone, because, guess what? The under-18 content lock, suggesting even a site, like QA, would be inappropriate for minors. Luckily, as my mum was the account holder, I managed to deactivate the content lock by putting in my address.

T-mobile haven't even issued a statement against this, and the whole thing outrages me. Even stuff such as holiday reviews for, and by LGBT communities is banned.

I ask of you, what are your feelings about this, QA?

*edit* After checking the T-Mobile UK site, I have found that the content lock goes by the Independent Mobile Classification Body - http://www.imcb.org.uk/
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  Edit: Man_Fredd, Fri 3 Sep 10, 4:50PM
Post: #422318 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 4:44PM
:: jacob!
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whattt gutted getting a phone on t mobile tommoroww
Emoticon: Sad :( it is just wrong
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  Post: #422321 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 4:50PM
:: Lime
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They've done the same on O2.
  Post: #422323 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 4:51PM
:: sean7326
:: QA10 Community God
Same on vodafone too. Its absolutely awful, I think. They should be ashamed. ><
  Post: #422330 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:01PM
:: TozmazYagami
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And Virgin, don'tcha know? I'm a little peeved, now. It's ridiculous, since this is a dedicated YOUTH site with real moderators who care about their members.

We should all write to them! Emoticon: Tongue :p
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  Edit: TozmazYagami, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:05PM
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:: beeisme
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This really sucks. It's so ridiculous. I think it's things like this that make LGBT teens feel ashamed of who they are, as well as reinforcing to straight teens that there's something 'wrong' with *anything* to do with being gay. Seriously, there should be an enquiry, or *something*.
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  Post: #422332 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:06PM
:: Man_Fredd
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Exactly! And the IMCB and T-Mobile say the content lock is for unmoderated content. Does QA look unmoderated? I think not. I'm actually going to file a complaint.
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  Post: #422333 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:07PM
:: TozmazYagami
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I agree. Go for it, Catie!
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  Post: #422334 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:08PM
:: beeisme
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I think someone *should* write to them. Yay Cate. Emoticon: Smile :)
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  Edit: beeisme, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:09PM
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:: Man_Fredd
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Lets cause a ruckus xD. But in all seriousness, as I just said to Toz. Why isn't the straight, 'unmoderated' stuff banned too? The age of consent for LGBT in the UK is now 16, and in relation to QA, all 18+ content is in it's own special forum, so why not just block DYMK if they really want to block QA.
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  Post: #422345 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:28PM
:: XLostxHopeX
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are you serious....thats totally wrongg! =[
  Post: #422348 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:38PM
:: esm2010
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.. If AT&T does the same... I will probably die, since I access this site mainly from my phone when I'm out, or at work or whatever. Even though I am 18, my mom is the account holder, so if I told her to take the blocks off.. she wouldn't, because this is a "gay" site.

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  Post: #422349 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 5:41PM
:: curegirl
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Ok now that is just ridiculous. I'm writing to them pronto! They better not just toss out their mail without reading it. And they better not just send me a form letter back thanking me for my concern about making their company a better one. Grrr. We aren't going down without a fight.
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  Post: #422359 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 6:51PM
:: ProfessorChaos
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So...I'm confused. Is this just in general, if you have T-Mobile? Or is this some special block that your parents put up?

I have AT&T and I can access this site from my phone, but I know I have no content block on anything.
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  Post: #422361 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 6:53PM
:: eltonderais
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I'm on 3, and it only blocks porn. Which can be annoying too. ;)
Hahaha. Emoticon: Tongue :p
  Post: #422362 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 6:57PM
:: Lime
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It's not just T-Mobile, it's Virgin and O2 as well. It's automatic, not something your parents set up. If you want to remove it, you have to prove that you're over 18 and they charge you to remove it.
  Post: #422363 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 6:58PM
:: AdamP
:: QA8 High Householder
This block is a disgrace, I've sent the IMCB an angry email, if they don't address the situation then I'll send more until they fix it.
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  Post: #422364 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 7:04PM
:: Man_Fredd
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I have now sent an email with a heavy complaint, because even QA follows their framework. In fact, the policy is:

"Types of websites we prevent access to include:

Unmoderated social networking sites
Unmoderated chatrooms
Sites with persistent bad language
Visual material of a sexual nature
Horror content
Extremely violent content"

Do we see any of that here??
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  Post: #422367 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 7:30PM
:: sean7326
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Woo, go Catie haha. =] We don't see any of that here though, so its blatantly because of gay content.
  Post: #422368 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 7:36PM
:: edeyboyz
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When you say Virgin, are you guys talking about virgin mobile phones? I ask this, because I have a Virgin Mobile phone and they allow me to access this site from it. If they didn't most of my posts including this one wouldn't be here....

-Is confused-
Edeboyz
  Post: #422390 Link to this post, Fri 3 Sep 10, 9:06PM
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