Dallas Library Gets Big Hits...for Porn

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DALLAS -- A newspaper analysis finds the viewing of pornographic material to be surprisingly common at Dallas' main public library.

A Dallas Morning News examination of Internet use during a 45-minute period on December 19th at the city's central library found that 7.5 percent of Web pages viewed by library visitors contained porn.

The newspaper obtained a log of the Web pages using the Texas Public Information Act.

Top city officials say they'll review ways to restrict pornographic Web sites on public library computers. That could include filters on library computers to block inappropriate sites.

Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm says library administrators are concerned about inappropriate computer usage, but they're also concerned about filters.

The American Library Association says filters tend to block constitutionally protected material and can block legitimate sites.



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