A new bill that aims to ban pornography in the UK has been passed by parliament, which will give ministers the power to introduce it within two years.
The bill, which has been approved by the House of Commons, also includes a proposal to ban websites that offer pornography.
The Government has been urged to implement the ban on websites that host child pornography.
According to a government press release, the legislation will allow the government to “provide for a mandatory online filtering regime for all material that is harmful to children, including harmful images and videos”.
The bill is a response to a call by the Stop Online Piracy Act, which is currently in Parliament, for “an immediate ban on the availability, production, distribution, display, and sale of all material depicting child pornography.”
The new bill is being written by a committee chaired by the home secretary, who will have the power, for the first time, to impose sanctions on websites deemed to be hosting child pornography on the grounds that it poses a “significant risk of child abuse, neglect or exploitation”.
It also comes as the US government is set to announce a plan to introduce the “First Amendment Protection Act”, which aims to outlaw the production, circulation and sale “of sexually explicit materials”.
The law would apply to websites that feature explicit material, as well as those that allow people to make money off the images.
The US has already been taking a strong stance against online pornography, and last week announced plans to introduce new regulations to curb the sale of adult content.
Earlier this week, US President Donald Trump said that he would sign an executive order prohibiting the sale and distribution of “child pornography”.
The new law has been supported by figures in the US Congress, with Republican Senator Susan Collins telling ABC News: “I have a lot of concerns about the First Amendment protection of online platforms that host sexual images of children.”
Meanwhile, the head of the American Civil Liberties Union said that the proposed legislation would “limit free speech”.
“The government must protect children from pornography, but that doesn’t mean it has to be banned,” Jennifer Lynch told the BBC.
“The First Amendment protects the right to free speech.”