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Internet Filtering Statistics

Not only adult content is being blocked

The domains in these categories were identified by keyword searches and then double-checked by hand to ensure the categorisation was accurate.

Sites relating to keywords related to Number of blocked domains identified Number of domains still blocked Current ISP blocks
Addiction, substance abuse support sites 185 91 287
Charities and non-profit organisations 98 17 24
Counselling, support, and mental health 112 77 191
Domestic violence and sexual abuse support 59 14 42
LGBTQ+ sites 114 39 121
School websites 161 23 52

The domains in these categories were identified by keyword searches.

Sites relating to keywords related to Number of blocked domains identified through search Number of domains still blocked Current ISP blocks
Building and building supplies 58 23 54
CBD oils, CBD-related, and hemp products 112 91 505
Drainage and drain unblocking services 99 2 2
Photography sites 1372 513 1340
Religious (Christian) sites 37 8 19
Weddings and wedding photographers 4012 1480 3152
VPN sites 23 15 55

All kinds of sites are reported as blocked

In March 2019, we looked at all the domains that people had reported to an ISP through Blocked as an incorrect block. We categorised all the domains.

Category for Submitted Reports Number of reported domains Number of domains unblocked after reporting
Counselling, Support, and Mental Health 122 98
Charity and non-profit 68 55
Advice Sites (Drugs, Alcohol, Abuse) 52 44
Music 50 41
Weddings and Wedding Photographers 44 40
Tech, IT and Software 41 21
Adult, Pornography, and Escort Services 40 1
LGBTQ+ 40 27
Alcohol-related (non-sales) sites 36 8
Sport and leisure 35 30
Arts, Crafts, and Sculpture 32 24
Builders and Building Supplies 32 27
Household, household repairs and DIY 32 32
Health 25 19
Alcohol 23 4
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ISP Responses to reports

Network/Year Unresolved non-policy block count Unresolved policy block count Resolved & blocked against policy
BT
2017 2 15 0
2018 5 11 4
2019 0 2 0
BT-Strict
2017 0 1 0
2018 1 4 0
2019 0 5 0
EE
2017 0 0 0
2018 17 6 10
2019 0 1 4
O2
2017 4 5 0
2018 18 10 0
2019 4 7 0
Plusnet
2018 1 1 0
2019 0 9 0
Sky
2017 9 6 0
2018 30 21 0
2019 0 12 6
TalkTalk
2017 3 14 0
2018 37 40 0
2019 0 23 0
Three
2017 0 0 0
2018 3 5 2
2019 0 4 0
VirginMedia
2017 2 1 0
2018 15 23 0
2019 1 19 0
Vodafone
2017 0 0 0
2018 5 0 0
2019 0 1 0

Reply stats by ISP

Network/Year Reports Sent Total replies received Avg reply interval
BT
2017 168 0
2018 223 106 41 days
2019 107 196 15 days
BT-Strict
2017 12 0
2018 115 54 84 days
2019 104 191 25 days
EE
2017 38 0
2018 106 45 14 days
2019 69 131 11 days
O2
2017 58 0
2018 99 0
2019 52 35
Plusnet
2018 21 0
2019 44 0
Sky
2017 144 0
2018 152 50 5 days
2019 91 101 3 days
TalkTalk
2017 34 0
2018 230 0
2019 126 97
Three
2017 27 0
2018 80 16 22 days
2019 90 111 30 days
VirginMedia
2017 27 0
2018 99 6 11 days
2019 69 20
Vodafone
2017 44 0
2018 59 17 21 days
2019 72 71

Alexa top 100,000 sites

Blocked sites as a proportion of total sites checked

ISP Blocks by top-level domain

.AC.UK domain

.CO.UK domain

.COM domain

.ME.UK domain

.ORG domain

.ORG.UK domain

.UK domain

Misc UK domains