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Government announces age regulator for porn

The Government has formally proposed that the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) be designated as the regulator for the age verification of online pornography in the UK.

A report by the NSPCC found that 48% of 11-16-year-olds had viewed online pornography and that children were just as likely to stumble across pornography as to search for it deliberately. Research also shows that viewing pornography at a young age can cause distress and have a harmful effect on sexual development, beliefs and relationships.

According to the Digital Economy Act, companies delivering adult content in the UK must act responsibly with strong age verification controls in place to prevent children from accessing explicit material online. This forms part of the government’s continuing work to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online and is being taken forward alongside the recently launched Internet Safety Strategy.

‘Age-verification barriers will help to prevent children accessing or stumbling across pornographic content online. The UK is leading the way with this age verification regime and will set an international precedent in child protection,’ explains David Austin, Chief Executive Officer at BBFC. 

The BBFC is expecting to be formally designated in January 2018.

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