Why are websites being blocked in the UK?

Mobile and broadband Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have created filters to stop under 18s from seeing harmful content online. Unfortunately, filters block many harmless websites by mistake - even sites that are aimed at children! Often website owners don't know that this is happening.

Around 3.5 million households have filters switched on, through choice, or by default. In addition, many mobile phone users have filters enabled as they are on by default.

We need people to use this tool to check and report sites that shouldn't be filtered. Not only will you be helping website owners, you will also increase transparency about filters by helping us to get a clearer picture about overblocking.

For example,

Home

is blocked for Sky and Three customers using filters.
Has this site been blocked in error?
Request unblock

Check a website

Blocked will check if a site is being blocked by instantly running tests on major fixed line ISPs and mobile networks.

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You can join the Open Rights Group or donate to support the project.

With your help, we can correct mistakes caused by overblocking and improve transparency about filtering in the UK.

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