Australia looks to Mastercard to find a method for age verification for internet porn
|25th September 2021
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Australia's federal government is looking to bring on board credit card company Mastercard as part of its move toward developing a digital identity and age verification system for porn viewing.
Mastercard announced that it has joined into a new
partnership with the Digital Transformation Agency and is seeking accreditation to become a digital identity service provider. It said it was looking to offer ways for the federal government to achieve an online age verification system. But privacy
experts are warning the government needed to pull the brakes on implementing without input from tech experts and the wider community.
Digital rights expert from Electronic Frontiers Australia Justin Warren said past experience had shown the government
often began consultations long after plans had been drawn up. He added that it was important users be given options to protect their privacy.
|17th September 2021
The OnlyFans temporary porn ban left its creators feeling betrayed. Now they're taking matters into their own hands
See article from wired.co.uk
The paper of record has published yet another fact-free op-ed dragging sex workers through the mud, branding OnlyFans an exploitative pimp. Enough is enough. By Cherie DeVille
article from thedailybeast.com
How the recent threat to OnlyFans falls in with a history of censorship and control by banks and payment providers. By Jerry Barnett
article from quillette.com
Children's campaigners take legal action to force French ISPs to block major porn sites
|4th September 2021
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Two French campaign groups are suing the main ISPs in France, demanding the total block of several adult sites that they consider too accessible to minors.
The groups suing top French ISPs SFR, Orange, Bouygues Télécom, Free, Colt Technologies
Services and Outre mer Télécomare are called e-Enfance (e-Infancy) and La Voix de l'Enfant (The Voice of the Child).
The ISPs were asked to appear next Thursday, September 9 in front of the Paris Judicial Court.
The lawsuit is proof that
the French anti-porn groups intend to restrict access to adult content in that European market. Earlier this year, supporters of France's controversial age-verification law had claimed that they knew it was impractical and considered the passage of the
measure as "symbolic."
ISP Orange told Le Figaro that they will "abide by the decision of the court and would shut down these sites speedily if that's what we are asked to do. But in the absence of a judicial decision, we apply the
rules of net neutrality and freedom of expression"
Moral bankers use onerous new rules to put a stop to sex workers making a living via OnlyFans
|24th August 2021
18th August 2021. See article from
It's not just state censorship rules that control adult companies, but there are also rules imposed by other organisations for their own reasons. And in this case it is the banking industry that is controlling adult content.
Video sharing site
OnlyFans, best known for its creators' adult videos and photos, will prohibit sexually explicit content starting October 1st. The company says it is making the changes because of pressure from its banking and payment providers.
OnlyFans said in a
statement emailed to The Verge:
In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of our platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,.
Creators on the platform will still be allowed to post nude images as long as they comply with the site's acceptable use policy. More information will be available in the coming days. OnlyFans remains committed to the highest levels
of safety and content moderation of any social platform.
Update: Will OnlyFans censorship pave the way for Bitcoin to become the coinage of online porn
22nd August 2021. See article from newsweek.com
OnlyFans has been effectively banned by moralistic
bankers, so will this in turn be an opportunity for the crypto industry to capitalise by offering platforms that are not held to ransom by financial institutions. Crypto analyst Christina Rud told Newsweek:
essentially happening here is that you have payment providers deciding what's right or wrong which is really scary, and definitely not the kind of society that would champion democratic values.
Rud explains that using
blockchain-enabled technology is the way forward for the porn industry because content cannot be censored. The technology also has no central entity controlling it. Therefore crypto-led pornography platforms would be immune to the moralizing whims of
The porn industry has already begun embracing the blockchain. Pornhub first announced it would be accepting cryptocurrency payments in 2018. Then, after it was axed by Visa and Mastercard in 2020, the platform moved to only
accepting cryptocurrency for its premium service.
Update: Naming names of the disgraceful bankers
24th August 2021. See
article from variety.com
The OnlyFans CEO names names of the disgraceful bankers that sought to impose their morality on their customers and have trashed the livelihoods of so many.
OnlyFans founder and chief exec Tim Stokely placed the blame for the U.K. company's move to
ban sexually explicit content as of Oct. 1, announced last week, on several major banks in an interview with the Financial Times published Tuesday. He said:
Stokely also said that OnlyFans is fully
compliant with new Mastercard rules, so that had no bearing on the decision to ban porn. He also said the change was not made to appease investors.
The change in policy, we had no choice -- the short answer is
banks, Stokely said. Banks including JP Morgan Chase, Bank of New York Mellon and the U.K.'s Metro Bank cite reputational risk and refuse our business
We pay over 1 million creators over $300 million every month, and making sure
that these funds get to creators involves using the banking sector. Because several banks have cut off OnlyFans from making wire transfers, that has made it difficult to pay creators, he said.
Update: A change of heart
24th August 2021. See
article from tmz.com
OnlyFans has reversed course and will no longer be banning sexually explicit content on its platform starting October 1 ... after outcry from its creators and the general public. OnlyFans announced:
Thank you to
everyone for making your voices heard. We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change.
As we reported ... OnlyFans blamed its planned porn ban
on conflicts with banking partners and payout providers -- suggesting they'd no longer do business with the site due to the sexual content -- but it seems those issues have been resolved.
Update: Mastercard censorship rules
28th August 2021. See
article from mastercard.com
Mastercard updated its censorship
rules for their customers in April 2021. Mastercard wrote: Enhancing requirements for adult content, preventing anonymous content
This month, we are extending our existing Specialty Merchant Registration requirements. The banks that connect merchants to our network will need to certify that the seller of adult content has effective controls in place to monitor, block and, where
necessary, take down all illegal content.
Now, our requirements address the risks associated with this activity. And that starts with strong content control measures and clear, unambiguous and documented consent.
Other updated requirements include:
Documented age and identity verification for all people depicted and those uploading the content
Content review process prior to publication
Complaint resolution process
that addresses illegal or nonconsensual content within seven business days
Appeals process allowing for any person depicted to request their content be removed
Update: A good summary from the Guardian
28th August 2021. See
article from theguardian.com
Why OnlyFans had second thoughts on banning sexually explicit content. Homegrown adult content site announced last week it was suspending adult content, only to quickly change its mind
Australia's new internet censor launches a consultation on age verification technologies for online porn
|22nd August 2021
See article from innovationaus.com
Australia's newly appointed internet censor has opened consultations on a range of new measures to implement age verification for mainstream 18 rated movies and also for online porn.
A recently passed censorship law requires content deemed to be R18+
or higher to be behind a restricted access system so it cannot be accessed by children.
Julie Inman-Grant, the Australian eSafety Commissioner announced a plan that will look at technological approaches for online age verification, and comes just
months after the federal government agreed in principle to use its digital identity scheme to verify the ages of individuals before they access online pornographic or gambling sites. The plan suggests that will be no action to implement this until 2023.
The current consultation will close on 12 September.
The new age verification requirements will not be limited to material hosted or provided in Australia, but will cover commercially produced and user-generated sexually explicit material
being accessed by Australians.
Last week the eSafety Commissioner also opened consultations on the Basic Online Safety Expectations (BOSE) for large social media firms like Facebook, outlining core and additional expectations around the
cyberbullying of children and cyber-abuse of adults.
Porn performer dies aged 60
|15th August 2021
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AVN Hall of Fame porn performer Victoria Paris died Tuesday of cancer at the age of 60.
Paris entered adult movies in 1988 after moving to Los Angeles, where she dabbled as a secretary, mud wrestler and nude model before performing in her first
triple-X title, Girls of Double D 7 . Her first starring role was in Moonlight Entertainment's Live In, Love In (1989), a parody of Three's Company co-starring Tori Welles, Carol Cummings and Robert Bullock, to whom Paris was married at the time. In
1990, Paris shared AVN's Best New Starlet accolade with Welles--the only tie for that prize in AVN Awards history. The following year, she took home Best All-Girl Sex Scene -- Video (with Sabrina Dawn) for Henri Pachard's The New Barbarians , and Best
Couples Sex Scene -- Video (with Randy West) for Paul Thomas' Beauty and the Beast 2 , both from VCA. Then in 1992, she won Best Girl/Girl Scene from the X-Rated Critics Organization (XRCO) for her performance with Angela Summers and Sandra Scream in the
Bruce Seven-helmed Snatched to the Future from Elegant Angel Productions.
Some of Paris' other most notable credits include:
- John Leslie's The Chameleon (1989, VCA),
- Jim Enright's Bimbo Bowlers From Buffalo (1989, Zane Entertainment Group),
- John Stagliano's The Adventures of Buttman (1989, Evil Angel),
- Jim Holliday's Sorority Sex Kittens (1993,
- Andrew Blake's Night Trips (1989, Caballero Home Video).
Paris art galleries get wound up by Pornhub's guide to their nude art
|13th August 2021
21st July 2021. See article from pornhub.com
article from thelocal.fr
Recently Pornhub decided to have a little fun with classic nude art house in notable museums. Pornhub explained in a blog post:
After a year of being cooped up and isolated, it's no wonder there's talk of the emergence
of a New Renaissance. Now that the world if finally starting to open up, we wanted to do our part to inspire and reintroduce people to some of the most famous cultural institutions with fresh eyes and realize how lascivious art can really be!
Introducing Classic Nudes, an interactive guide to some of the most provocative scenes in six renowned art museums around the world. And as for those of you who think art is boring, put your faith in us because even though porn may
not be considered art, some art can definitely be considered porn.
We'll help you skip the SFW masterpieces and head straight to the erotic paintings and sculptures at The Louvre, The MET, The Museo del Prado, The Uffizi Gallery,
The National Gallery in London, and The Musee d'Orsay. With the Classic Nudes mobile site, you can now take a sexy tour with audio commentary from our very own Brand Ambassador Asa Akira who gives an oral history of the curated collection of nudes,
orgies, and bushes. And as if hearing what Asa has to say about these racy scenes isn't convincing enough, you can also expect a surprise happy ending with MySweetApple who helped bring these artworks to life.
The Classic Nudes series has been ruffling some feathers since it
was posted online earlier in July, with the Uffizi museum in Florence threatening to sue. Bosses at the Louvre have said only that they are dismayed, while the Musee d'Orsay has remained silent on the subject.
Update: Art vs Porn. Art wins
13th August 2021. See article from artnews.com
Last month, Pornhub launched Classic Nudes, an interactive guide to some of the erotic art that can be found in major museums around the world. Following complaints from the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid, and the
Louvre in Paris, audio tours and other content referencing artworks owned these institutions have been removed. Following the guide's launch, the Uffizi announced that it was planning to sue Pornhub for copyright infringement. In particular, the
Uffizi objected to Pornhub's use of Titian's famed Venus of Urbino (1538) in a pornographic reenactment with the amateur adult couple, My SweetApple. In an interview with the Art Newspaper, a representative for the Uffizi said that the museum
viewed Pornhub's use of its paintings as totally illegal and that it had been done without any permission.
Comments about the UK Government's new Internet Censorship Bill
|21st July 2021
Offsite Comment: The Online Safety Bill won’t solve online abuse
2nd July 2021. See article by Heather Burns The Online Safety Bill contains threats to freedom of expression, privacy, and commerce which will do nothing to solve online
abuse, deal with social media platforms, or make the web a better place to be.
Update: House of Lords Committee considers that social media companies are not the best 'arbiters of truth'
21st July 2021. See
article from dailymail.co.uk , See
report from committees.parliament.uk A house of Lords committee has warned that the government's plans for new online censorship
laws will diminish freedom of speech by making Facebook and Google the arbiters of truth.
The influential Lords Communications and Digital Committee cautioned that legitimate debate is at risk of being stifled by the way major platforms filter out
misinformation. Committee chairman Lord Gilbert said:
The benefits of freedom of expression online mustn't be curtailed by companies such as Facebook and Google, too often guided their commercial and political
interests than the rights and wellbeing of their users.
The report said:
We are concerned that platforms approaches to misinformation have stifled legitimate debate, including between experts.
Platforms should not seek to be arbiters of truth. Posts should only be removed in exceptional circumstances.
The peers said the government should switch to enforcing existing laws more robustly, and criminalising
any serious harms that are not already illegal.
OnlyFans adult creators are suffering from viewers who change their minds and demand their money back
|17th July 2021
15th July 2021. See article from
Adult creators on OnlyFans are feeling violated. Some customers are viewing their content then getting refunds via fraudulent chargebacks.
The creator is left to reimburse the money when a customer disputes a payment with their credit card company,
despite the scammer already having accessed their content. This is very typical of online companies where customers are considered always right in their claims against traders.
Creators have said that these chargebacks can come through up to six
months after viewing the content. Myles Jackman, a British obscenity lawyer who specializes in cases related to pornography, tells Newsweek that it is usually a case of:
It's not just about the financial loss, it is also an issue of consent. Creators did not choose to let their bodies be seen for free, and it can be upsetting to know that they have inadvertently done so.
Man purchases sexual services, has a happy time,
and then afterwards feels guilt, remorse and shame, and also the loss of money, and so tries to get the money back.
Platforms like OnlyFans really need to raise their game, in terms of representing the rights of the performers in
a much more proactive fashion
Offsite Comment: Only Non-Fans at the BBC
17th July 2021. See article from bbc.co.uk
OnlyFans, a social media platform best known for explicit content, has boomed during the pandemic. But from receiving terrorism videos to racial abuse and rape threats, a BBC investigation based on the experiences of dozens of women reveals concerns
about how the British-run site is structured, managed and moderated.
European age verification consortium starts meetings
|15th July 2021
See article from euconsent.eu
euConsent is a consortium of twelve pro-censorship academic institutions, campaigners and technology providers championing internet age verification in the name of child protection. The consortium is being funded by the EU Commission to design, deliver
and pilot a new Europe-wide system age/iD verification system and to ensure that younger children have parental consent before they share personal data.
The consortium doesn't seem to have much interest in keeping adults safe from their ID and porn
viewing data being used by scammers, spammers, thieves, commercial exploiters and of course state authorities.
Pro-censorship campaigner and chair of the consortium John Carr has now announced that the group has had its first meeting. He noted:
An Advisory Board has been established and I agreed to be its Chair. The Board comprises representatives of a wide range of stakeholders: European regulatory authorities, children's rights organizations, tech companies
and politicians. We held our inaugural meeting last Friday.
[notice no mention of porn viewers or adult internet users].
The Board will hold the project team accountable, helping them as they establish the standards. The
Board's collective and individual insights will contribute to a system that is workable with existing technology and facilitates the creation and implementation of effective regulations. Any new technologies which may emerge will know what they must be
able to do if they are to be recognised as an acceptable tool.
But would you trust money seeking age verification companies not to use facial identification to record who is watching porn anyway
|10th July 2021
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See also CC article from alecmuffett.com
Our Big Brother government is seeking ways for all websites users to be identified and tracked in the name of child protection. But for all the up and coming legislation that demands age verification, there aren't actually any methods yet that satisfy
both strict age verification and protect people's personal data from hackers, thieves, scammers, spammers, money grabbing age verification companies, the government, and the provably data abusing social media companies.
The Observer has reported on a
face scanning scheme whereby the age verification company claims not to look up your identity via facial recognition and instead just trying and count the wrinkles on your photo.
article from theguardian.com .
Security expert Alec Muffet has also posted some
interesting and relevant background provided to the Observer that somehow did not make the cut.
See article from alecmuffett.com
Indian child protection commission calls for India to ban Twitter until it removes adult content
|5th July 2021
See article from xbiz.com
India's National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) is moving forward with proceedings to ban the access of children to Twitter in the country until the platform completely removes all pornographic material.
NDTV reports that on May 29,
a letter was issued to the secretary of the Ministry of Electronics and Information and Technology to initiate a ban on the access of children on Twitter on an immediate basis till the time Twitter makes its platform safe for children by ensuring
complete removal of child sexual abuse material and pornographic material and reporting of cybercrime cases to the authorities in India.
It is unclear how NCPCR intends to effect age verification for the 1.3 billion Indians, mostly adults, that
would be affected by a potential block. According to NCPCR chief Priyank Kanoongo, Twitter was found to have given false and misleading responses during the enquiry conducted by NCPCR for the presence of pornographic material, an offense under the
POCSO Act. The POCSO Act is a 2012 law to provide for the protection of children from the offenses of sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography.
The authorities are trying to block notable porn sites
|2nd July 2021
See German language
article from spiegel.de
The German media censor, the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media, wants to force the hosting provider of the porn website xHamster to lock out German users.
A year ago, the State Agency for Media in North Rhine-Westphalia began to
issue porn portals such as PornHub with an ultimatum: Either they establish age verification systems or there is a threat of network blocking. Several proceedings are currently pending at the Dusseldorf Administrative Court are being contested by
porn companies who argue that they label their websites according to an international standard designed to make it easy for parents to block offers on their children's devices.
However, German legislation takes the opposite approach: Portals that are
harmful to minors should only be accessible if the users are proved to be of legal age. Tobias Schmid, the director of the State Agency for Media in North Rhine-Westphalian, said:
In the end it is very simple: Anyone
who wants to earn money with pornography in the German market has to adhere to German laws.
The agency has now been able to determine the hosting provider for xHamster. This is not trivial, as many porn portals disguise their IT
infrastructure with the help of cloud services. The media censor has now written an official to the web host.