“We think it is great that students in public schools across the country are getting involved in ensuring their schools and districts set their web filters up appropriately,” Newman said. “Out of the box, Websense filtering products do not block LGBT sites, but we believe that some public school system administrators override the default setting and block LGBT sites under the mistaken impression that they need to do so in order to block adult content.”
Newman said that Websense has a separate filter that blocks adult content and malware.
“Websense is working to make sure that our sales and support staff are aware of these issues and how U.S. public school customers can allow access to appropriate content and block inappropriate content,” he said.
However, Websense does not currently plan to abolish the “Gay or Lesbian or Bisexual Interest” category.
“Certain private organizations have a right to allow or prohibit access according to their own determination. Websense supports private organizations’ rights to determine their own web usage policies,” Newman said.
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