UK Government Looking To Censor and Regulate Porn

If you’re a resident in the UK and happen to enjoy porn from time to time (and we assume you do if you’re here) then you probably already know that your cyber sexual landscape is on the fringe of being turned upside down. For those who have been living under a rock, or those who live outside the reach of UK Parliament, there is currently a bill being pushed through the channels of the UK Government called the Digital Economy Bill and it will change how every consumer of pornography is able to access their favorite erotica.

The bill is being marketed as an act of Parliament to regulate the accessibility of pornography to minors. However, the agency that has been put in charge of this process is a non-government organization called the British Board of Film Classification, previously known as British Board of Film Censors or BBFC for short. This organization has been largely the source of controversy surrounding this bill, but we’ll get to that shortly. The restriction of access of porn to minors is not new, but the Digital Economy Bill of 2016 has given the BBFC the authority to enforce the regulation more aggressively. The new process will require all consumers of pornography to provide personal forms of identification to the provider of porn services in order to prove their age. This can include driver’s licenses, passport, credit card, etc. Not only is this going to be costly and kill smaller websites, it’ll also build a virtual playground for hackers and thieves. In addition, if either side are at fault at any point, the provider or consumer, they are subject to fines.

The controversy surrounding this Bill is not limited only to the necessity to provide identification, but the BBFC itself. A couple years ago there was a regulatory bill that was placed into power called the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations of 2014. The regulations forced all video on demand services to require content to comply with R18 classification restrictions. This meant that fisting, female ejaculation, visible marks after BDSM play, urination in sexual context and face sitting were banned. To be clear, male ejaculation and double penetration are perfectly acceptable. The head organization in charge of overseeing this piece of regulation? The BBFC, who have a known history of censoring these specific sexual acts. With the Digital Economy Bill moving it’s way forward, the BBFC will not only have a database of information that would allow them the ability to monitor people’s sexual interests, but would also have more power to enforce the Audiovisual Media Services Regulations banning those specific sexual acts in video.

In addition, the Digital Economy Bill is going to have the authority to limit the download speed of users and if any pornography providers do not consent with the new bill, the BBFC has the authority to ban them from the Kingdom completely.

While the apparent intentions are good, the method and manner seem unfair and unjust. As we learn more, we’ll continue to keep you updated. Stay tuned and stay explicitly wonderful.

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