Romney holds softer position on pr0n than in video

2007 speech demanding pr0n filters on new computers may not reflect Romney's current belief

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It's even more likely that Romney didn't mean that, no matter how long it took to get elected, that he would persist in his intent to require that every computer sold in the U.S. have a filter pre-installed that would keep it from displaying "porn" from the Internet.

No one was even asking how he would define "porn," who would decide what content should be banned, what impact Rule 34 would have on those decisions or how the ban would reconcile itself with the First Amendment, which frowns on that kind of thing.

Romney opposed SOPA, hasn't announced a position on CISPA

Romney has said nothing during this election cycle implying he would overtly censor the Internet.

In fact, Romney came out against the Constitution-violating Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) , which went down in flames in January

"The law as written is far too intrusive, far too expansive, far too threatening to freedom of speech and movement of information across the Internet,” Romney said during the Republican debate Jan. 19. “It would have a potentially depressing impact on one of the fastest growing industries in America, which is the Internet and all those industries connected to it.”

The other then-viable Republican candidates also spoke out against SOPA.

Romney has not yet made any position statements about the upcoming Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), which is backed by the same pro-surveillance, copyright-control lobbies that supported SOPA and which contains many of the same provisions as SOPA, including those that clash with the First and Fourth Amendments, according to privacy advocates.

The Obama White House has opposed it, however. Until now Republican candidates have generally supported anything Obama supports.

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