300,000 Parliament porn views

There were nearly 300,000 attempts to access porn online made from within Parliament, a freedom of information request has shown.

Westminster plays down 300,000 porn hits

Westminster officials sought to play down the almost 300,000 attempts to access online porn made inside the premise, insisting it was inflated by pop-ups, auto-refresh and other web design features.

They are also investigating the reason for wide variations between the monthly figures - with as many as 114,844 in November but just 15 in February.

We do not consider the data to provide an accurate representation of the number of purposeful requests made by network users due to the variety of ways in which websites can be designed to act, react and interact and due to the potential operation of third party software.

– A House of Commons spokeswoman

The figures were obtained in a freedom of information (FOI) request made by Huffington Post UK.

300,000 attempts to access porn from Parliament

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There were 300,000 attempts to access online porn from within Westminster last year, records show. Credit: PA

Computer users within Parliament tried to access pornography nearly 300,000 times last year, records show.

The figure - which represents more than 800 hits per day - was made public after a freedom of information request was put to Palace of Westminster IT chiefs.

It covers devices linked to the Parliamentary Network, including those used by MPs and peers, their staff and other employees.

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