Monday, January 24

Porn: what follow-up for sites that have not blocked access to minors?

It has already been two weeks since the Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA) has asked pornographic sites to block access to minors. Nothing has changed since, but the legal battle is far from over.

“We will look at the answers given to us”, assured Roch-Olivier Maistre, president of the CSA, on franceinfo this January 3. “If the situation has not changed, we will go to court.” With the key: the blocking of certain pornographic sites in France … including for the adults.

The showdown began last November. Child protection associations seized the CSA about five pornographic sites: Pornhub, Xnxx, Xvideos, Tukif and Xhamster. If the contents are – theoretically – forbidden to under 18s, it is very easy to bypass the blocking. A warning appears on the home page, and all you have to do is click on “I am 18 years of age or older”. In short, a simple certification on honor and no identity check.

The associations considered that this mode of operation was an infringement of the Penal Code, which prohibits exposing minors to pornographic videos or photos. This rule little applied so far was reinforced in 2020 by the law on domestic violence. She believes that a simple click on “I am 18 or over” proves nothing, and that porn sites must take additional measures or face penalties. The CSA therefore put the five sites on notice, and gave them a period of 15 days to comply with the law … Deadline which has just expired.

an identity document required?

Fifteen days later, no change is visible. A single click is always sufficient to navigate to the five sites concerned. The next step is to take them to court to confirm their suspension. This means that access to Pornhub, Xnxx, Xvideos, Tukif and Xhamster will be blocked for French people.

However, it is not easy to comply with the law. While the latter requires arrangements to be made, it does not offer any leads to verify the identity of the users. The sites must “find their own” solutions, confirmed Roch-Olivier Maistre. For example: requesting an identity document. Providing them with the procedure “is not the responsibility” of the CSA.

Tukif, one of the sites put on notice, complained of being one of the five targeted when more than a thousand porn sites exist in France. In particular Youporn, one of the market leaders, not worried by the CSA. Asked about this, Roch-Olivier Maistre declared that “the story did not stop with the December notice”. Concretely: other sites could soon be threatened with suspension.

Reference-www.cnews.fr

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