Potential age verification for pornographic spectators in the EU
It has been communicated to three of the most prominent pornographic websites in the world that their users in the European Union may be required to take advantage of age verification technology.
The websites Pornhub, Xvideos, and Stripchat are subject to more stringent laws because it has been determined that they have at least 45 million monthly visitors in countries that are part of the European Union. EU regulations require businesses of that size to take further precautions in order to safeguard minors.
It is possible that this refers to the websites that are using age verification technology. “An example of effective measures in this regard may be age verification tools,” a representative for the European Commission told the sources. “The goal of these tools is to prevent minors from accessing pornographic information.”
According to the spokesman, the forthcoming European Digital Identity wallet is one of the “possible” solutions that might be utilised by an individual in order to demonstrate their age.
The statement that they made was that once it is put into effect, it will provide answers for all EU citizens, residents, and enterprises that are located within the EU.
At the touch of a button on their mobile device, citizens will have the ability to demonstrate their identity and share electronic documents that are stored in their European Digital Identity wallets. “More intense examination”
In accordance with the Digital Services Act (DSA) of the European Union, the three websites have been recognised as Very Large Online Platforms (VLOPs). This designation comes with a plethora of increased regulatory requirements, including those pertaining to the moderation of material.
Commissioner Margrethe Vestager of the European Union for Digital Affairs expressed her satisfaction with the classification of the businesses, stating that it will “enable for better monitoring and responsibility of their algorithms and procedures.”
In order to ensure that they comply with a number of legal criteria, the pornographic websites will have a period of four months. Further efforts are being implemented in order to counteract the dissemination of illicit content, such as material depicting the sexual abuse of children and deepfake pornography.
Increasing the number of safeguards in place to prevent youngsters from accessing their websites, including the implementation of age verification technologies. ensuring that their risk assessments and compliance with all of the DSA obligations are audited by an impartial third party from the outside
It will be the responsibility of the European Union Commission to ensure that the sites comply with the new, more strict regulations. Should they fail to comply, they may be subject to a fine of up to 6% of their total global turnover.
The second group of businesses to be designated as VLOPs is comprised of these particular entities. All 19 of the world’s most prominent technology companies, including Facebook, Google, and YouTube, were informed in April that the new regulations would apply to them.
In August, the DSA went into force for the first group of businesses who were allowed to participate. X, which was formerly known as Twitter, was informed on Monday that the European Union had a suspicion that it had violated its commitment under the Digital Security Act (DSA) to combat disinformation. This was the first enforcement case that was initiated in accordance with the legislation.