The government is in consultation with a new law that makes all porn cost money keep reading to find out more.

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Round 1: The cat and mouse approach

Filters were introduced with all the main internet service providers including Talk-Talk, BT and Virgin in 2013. The initial take up was pretty low and not very successful. Sites with porn, dating, sex education, tobacco and adult themes were blocked. Customers did have a choice whether they wanted internet filtering or not and had a choice of category’s that they wanted to block. Very much a cat and mouse game for the internet service providers. Filters and their implementation are problematic, both ideologically and practically.


Blocking gone overboard

In recent years there has been quite a few innocent websites caught in these filters. League of Legends a game and a popular online multiplayer game. Jquery a Javascript library that makes the language behind modern websites work properly and London Friend one of London’s oldest LGBT charities.

Over-blocking and under-blocking are the normal state of affairs and not going to be fixed anytime in the near future. An open rights group has suggested that as many as one in five websites is blocked by filters. The fact that filters essentially work algorithmically means there is always going to be a problems. Bear in mind censorship in general does not work very well. Internet filtering is automated and really can’t detect a good site from a bad site. It will do far more harm than good in all industry’s not just the porn and adult industries. Beating the filtering system is relatively easy for a child or an adult using either proxy or even a virtual private network.

With such a low take up on people wishing to take use these filters, this may be a signal that they are not wanted. We are seeing dangerous forms of localisation and effective censorship. it may have been so much more easier for people to install something like net nanny or used Google safe search. People might not notice but Google already filters adult words however not in a way that it censors adult sites. Google effectively does not suggest porn words or automatically come up with porn suggestions. It was Matt Cutts the former head former head of web spam that brought out safe search. A law that might have worked a lot better is all adult sites must identify these selves as adult and sign up to the adult list then Google could effectively filter all adult sites. Google is the biggest search engine on earth and knows all about filtering and does a great job of web quality and keeping it searchable for everyone. Its not that long ago internet censorship under SOPA The threat is never dead if this had gone through congress in America the internet today would have been very different.


Round 2: If it has money take it away

So the first wave of government’s plans failed now the government will effectively cut the cash supply’s of website that do not comply.

The UK government plans to force all online porn providers to add age verification technology to their websites, or else face the threat of civil sanctions. Porn might be the buzz word here or it might start with porn and it will get progressively worse down the line. The whole idea is so children can’t get access to porn. This is UK based only so any business abroad does not have to follow the rules making it extremely unfair for the providers in the UK.

The movement will effectively stop cash getting to any porn provider who do not add age verification. Sounds a great idea in theory, but that means porn providers will have to identify you. You would have to use a credit card. As of 2013 about 30 million people have a credit card so that leaves a lot of people without access. The other problem being, do you realty trust your credit card details with another business not so long ago Talk Talk customers had their details stolen, including bank account numbers, sort codes, and dates of birth. Doing this, may help keep porn out of the eyes of minors, but a mere inconvenience and invasive treatment for everyone else. We may watch too much porn, but bear in mind and be wary of statistics according to the BBC. Many things in porn are exaggerated; including the statistics regularly quoted to show how much pornography is on the Internet.

According to the BBC “Pornhub will comply fully with any robust legislative and relevant local measures that emerge from this consultation".


We asked for comment from a few different providers in porn for their comment including Xvideos, Pornhub, Livejasmin and bigboobs and got some really great replays.

We asked a few other porn providers for their comment and views are mixed.


Comment from Live Jasmine:

We understand from your mail that UK is planning to introduce

 a law obliging to access an adult website by registering a credit card.

 The aim of such legislation would be to prevent minors to watch adult

 content on porn channels and/or website.


 Please note that we will be favourable to such law. In general our company

 is supporting any legislation aiming to protect children against any kind of

 sexual abuse as well as exposure to any inappropriate and/or pornographic

 content.


livejasmin.com being very active in the fight for children protection, we implemented

 relevant measures in order to be legally compliant. We are also in partnership

 with prominent organizations such as RTA, http://www.rtalabel.org/ ;

 ASACP, http://www.asacp.org/ASACP.php ; ICRA, http://www.fosi.org/icra/.


 We would also like to emphasize that, our process already in place imposes to any

 of our member to register a credit card before enjoying shows on our website.

 Therefore we believe that we are in line with UK Legislator and its vision of not allowing

 UA persons to watch pornographic content.


 In case you have further questions or concerns, feel free to contact us via help@jasmin.com

 or at our Online Support Chat. We are available 24/7.


 Comment from boobsandtits.co.uk:

Hi. Yeah we are against it. Considering you can still go onto sites like xvideos and will not be required to do all that stuff. It is only for UK based sites.


You can follow the discussion more over at:

https://www.reddit.com/r/unitedkingdom/comments/461pkr/tory_governments_war_on_porn_age_verification/


You can see the full government consultation over here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/child-safety-online-age-verification-for-pornography


Once the full consultation is over we will revisit the subject and see which direction they intend to take. If you are an adult services provider or a porn website I would love to hear your views.


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