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5 of the world’s major porn sites including Pornhub to be BLOCKED unless users can confirm they are over 18

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Five of the world’s major porn sites are set to be blocked unless they introduce protective measures to ensure all users are aged 18 or over.

France has announced plans to block adult websites Pornhub, xHamster, XVideos, XNXX and Tukif for failure to implement stricter age controls on users looking to access their content.

The move is being engineered by France Higher Audiovisual Council which wants to force the websites to comply with a law introduced last year which made it compulsory to carry out proper age verification checks for adult content.

‘Children faced by such content can suffer lasting shock at the very least,’ the council said, Daily Mail reported.

The council said the sites’ current tactic of simply asking users to fill out a check-box stating they are over 18 is not satisfactory and that they are breaking the law by failing to introduce better controls.

If effective verification is not implemented, the council said it would ask a judge to block the sites.

As per France Higher Audiovisual Council requirements, to successfully pass an acceptable age check, users will have to provide some form of verifiable identity document, or other personal information such as bank accounts, credit cards or mobile phone contracts.

Justine Atlan, director of the child safety association e-Enfance, supports the move to ban five of the world’s major porn sites.

‘It is important to put pornography sites under pressure so they cannot continue to flout the legal framework to which they have themselves agreed. The protection of children online is in no way contradictory to individual freedoms,” said Justine.

Meanwhile, Pornhub argues that such rigorous checks would encroach on users’ privacy and challenged the accusation that it had done little to safeguard its community.

The porn giant said it ‘has dedicated itself to developing industry-leading safeguards for the protection of its community.’

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