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Movie-style ratings for websites panned

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Would Facebook's much-debated breastfeeding photo ban be solved with a "cinema-style" ratings system for websites? Or would labeling sites as "rated-R" to keep away the easily offended just compound the conundrum?

In an interview with The Daily Telegraph, British Culture Secretary Andy Burnham suggested the possibility on Saturday of such a set of guidelines on content and decency, setting off commenters and bloggers.

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Many jumped on the impracticality of an Internet ratings system, because of the unique and ever-changing nature of the medium. "In contrast to movie rentals, theater tickets, and even video game purchases, a website has no single point-of-sale at which an adult can act to restrict a minor's access," wrote John Stokes at Ars Technica.

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