Netsweeper: Stop censoring LGBT+ content now!

TO: Mr. Perry J. Roach, Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Netsweeper Inc.

Your company is providing homophobic governments with the necessary technology to block LGBT+ content, including life-saving information on HIV/AIDS prevention.

We urge you to stop providing LGBT+ censorship filters and ensure your technology is not used to violate human rights.

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UPDATE – 21 January 2019: Good news! Netsweeper announced they're no longer providing LGBT+ censorship filters. Citizen Lab is currently checking if that's really the case – we'll have more details soon!


LGBT+ people around the world need safe digital spaces to access information, organise, and connect, especially in countries where LGBT+ people are criminalised.

But now, a Canadian company called Netsweeper is providing technology that censors LGBT+ content in countries like the United Arab Emirates.

Netsweeper’s filters are violating international human rights guidelines. They have recently admitted internal changes are needed, but research by Canadian group Citizen Lab shows that their filter targeting LGBT+ content was still active as of December 4.

Sign the petition and ask Netsweeper to respect the human rights of LGBT+ people and put an end to censoring filters that block LGBT+ content NOW.

This campaign is being run in conjunction with  R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales.

Published: 13 December 2018

This is a campaign of the All Out Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization.