Europe Imposes Age Verification Requirements on Three Major Porn Sites

         

The European Union has expanded its digital law to require age verification for users of three major porn websites in an effort to protect internet safety.

New Requirements for Porn Websites in EU

The European Union has announced new requirements for three of the world’s largest porn websites, including Pornhub, XVideos, and Stripchat. These platforms are now classified as very large online platforms under the Digital Services Act due to their user base of over 45 million.

Implications of the Digital Services Act

Under the Digital Services Act, these platforms are required to verify the ages of their users, as well as uphold tough obligations to protect users from illegal content and products. Violations of the law can result in fines of up to 6% of global revenue or a ban on operating in the EU.

Protection of Children and Prevention of Illegal Content

The Digital Services Act includes provisions to protect children from accessing pornographic content online by implementing age verification tools. Additionally, the law addresses the spread of illegal content, such as child sexual abuse material and non-consensual or deepfake porn, with measures aimed at preventing their dissemination.

Enforcement and Compliance Measures

The law requires platforms to adapt their terms and conditions, interfaces, moderation processes, and algorithms to mitigate the risk of spreading illegal content. It also mandates the completion of risk assessments, providing public data access to researchers, and submitting regular transparency reports.

Expanding Regulatory Umbrella

In addition to the porn websites, the Digital Services Act also identifies other major online platforms and search engines including TikTok, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, and Google for stricter scrutiny and compliance with the law.

EU’s Crackdown on Illegal Content

The European Union is using the Digital Services Act to regulate a wide range of online platforms and has initiated investigations into Elon Musk’s social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, to assess its efforts in preventing the spread of illegal content like hate speech and terrorism incitement.

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