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Library gets software to ban porn

Huntsville library officials are fed up with porn. Technology is helping local libraries to stop anyone from viewing porn before they have a lawsuit on their hands.

The Madison County Library uses software to block graphic materials considered to be offensive or harmful to minors.

This software is required in libraries by the Children's Internet Protection Act to block graphic materials.

The Madison County Library has its own internet safety policy that went into effect in 2002. Before you can even log on to a computer you have to agree to not view content prohibited in the policy.

If someone is brave enough to still view something they shouldn't, the system flags their computer and they are asked to leave.

Officials say the system is sensitive enough to catch everything.

"Most of the time, it's something completely innocent and not related to a search that would cause a problem, but every once in awhile you do have some who come in for the wrong reasons and we make sure that those are not able to be viewed," said Erica Ortiz, a spokesperson for The Madison County Library.

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