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European Commission Adds XXNX to List of 'Very Large' Platforms Subject to Special Regulations

The European Commission has added XXNX to its list of platforms designated as “very large online platforms” (VLOPs) and therefore subject to special regulations under the controversial Digital Services Act (DSA).

Irish Senator's Age Verification Bill Aims at U.S.-Style Chilling Effect on Porn

The Senate of the Republic of Ireland — known by its Gaelic name Seanad Éireann — has scheduled a hearing for Thursday to debate the country’s proposed Protection of Children (Online Age Verification) Bill.

Aylo Willing to Work With Australia's Online Censor on Device-Based AV Solutions

The office of Australia’s top online censor, unelected eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, has released a new roadmap for implementing age verification in accordance with the country’s Online Safety Act.

Spain's Technology Minister Unveils Soon-to-be-Mandatory Age Verification App

Spain’s anti-sex-work and anti-porn Socialist Party (PSOE) government, led by Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, has unveiled a new age verification app that will become mandatory for accessing adult content in the country starting in September.

Malaysian Government Says X Removed Adult Content at Their Request

Malaysia’s Deputy Communications Minister Teo Nie Ching told Parliament on Monday that the country’s Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has worked with X to remove pornographic content from the platform formerly known as Twitter.

European Commission Compels Pornhub, XVideos, Stripchat to Disclose DSA Compliance Data

The European Commission has singled out Pornhub, XVideos and Stripchat for enforcement of the Digital Services Act (DSA), giving them until July 4 to provide compliance information.

X's Clarification of Adult Content Policy Triggers International Confusion

X’s recent clarification of its adult content policies has created confusion in countries with strict anti-porn laws, such as Indonesia, especially considering that X owner Elon Musk has stated that the limits of his “free speech absolutism” for the platform formerly known as Twitter are the laws of each country.

Canadian Officials, Experts Lambast Anti-Porn Senator's Age Verification Bill

Canada’s privacy commissioner warned a parliamentary committee on Tuesday that the expansive age verification bill promoted by vocal anti-porn and anti-sex-work Senator Julie Miville-Dechênel has broad censorship implications and could end up applying to mainstream services such as Netflix.

Turkish Startup Launches 'Halal' Porn-Blocking Filter Kahf Guard

Turkish startup Halalz has released a new dedicated web browser and browser extension, Kahf Guard, which it says blocks 5.5 million sites Muslims consider “haram,” or forbidden, including adult content.

India Censors 18 Social Media Platforms as 'Obscene'

The conservative Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modhi has blocked 18 social media platforms in India, claiming they “promoted obscenity and vulgarity under the guise of ‘creative expression.’”

Japanese Performers, Stakeholders Rally to Save Industry From Controversial Law

Hundreds of protesters marched alongside Japanese adult industry professionals on Friday to protest a controversial 2022 law that regulates the country’s adult video (AV) sector, and which they contend has destabilized the industry.

FSC Meets With UK Baroness in Charge of Tory Government's Porn Review

The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has met with Baroness Gabrielle Bertin, the House of Lords member charged by the U.K. government with conducting a full review of the country's pornography laws.

Canada: Age Verification of Adult Content Becomes Election Issue

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau criticized on Thursday at an event in Cape Breton comments by Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre stating that his government would require age verification for adult content if elected.

German Government Now Exporting Anti-Porn Surveillance Tool

A crusading official who has been waging a one-man War on Porn in Germany, and who developed an AI tool that scans online content to identify images not compliant with the law, has now exported that technology for use by a Belgian media watchdog agency.

As UK Government Highlights New Online Crimes, Regulator Requests Adult Industry Feedback

The U.K. government issued this week a circular to inform the police and other relevant public authorities of new criminal offenses resulting from the Online Safety Act, some of which will affect adult websites.

Malaysian Creator HotDaddy Arrested for Selling Adult Videos

A Malaysian court on Friday charged adult creator HotDaddy and his two girlfriends and content partners for the crime of “offering sexual services,” after their arrest last week over the sex videos they made and marketed online.

UK Government Unveils Public Questionnaire for Baroness-Led 'Porn Review'

The Tory government led by U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled this week a public survey questionnaire intended to help guide its pending review of legislation dealing with adult content

Pornhub Challenges EU's Data Over 'Very Large Online Platform' Classification

The European Commission, the EU’s executive body, has designated adult platforms Pornhub, Stripchat and XVideos as “very large online platforms” (VLOPs) and therefore subject to special regulations under the controversial Digital Services Act (DSA).

Spanish Government Continues All-Out War on Sex Work

Sex worker advocates in Spain continue denouncing the government’s relentless war against all forms of sex work, including adult performance and content creation.

Christian Activists Pressure UK Government to Regulate Adult Creators

Leading U.K. evangelical publication Premier Christianity published an editorial Monday by the acting CEO of its parent company, urging expansion of the Online Safety Act to directly target adult content, especially user-generated content.