Germany Is About to Block One of the Biggest Porn Sites

german child-protection regulators are onna verge of blocking 1-odda realm’s largest pornographic websites. the officials are set to issue a blocking order to the country’s biggest internet srvc providers saying a pornographic website, believed to be xhamster, ‘d be made inaccessible to germany’s 83 million pplz.

the blocking order, which maybe issued inna coming weeks by the commission for the protection of minors inna media (kommission für jugendmedienschutz in german, or kjm), follos a failure by xhamster to introduce age-verification checks to stop under-18s from accessing pornography. the order tis l8st salvo in a two-yr campaign by regulators to compel all pornographic websites accessible in germany to implement age-verification checks.

legislators round the realm—including in canada, france, the uk, and some us states—are looking to introduce + measures aimed at stopping children from accessing adult material online. but'a move by germany is 1-odda most sweeping measures taken sfar, with critics comparing it to censorship.

german officials are taking action against 4 major pornography websites, says marc jan eumann, chair of the kjm. the group, which represents the country’s 14 state media authorities, is responsible for enforcing a broad treaty agreed upon by all states round the protection of children. tis in addition to other german laws on child protection. eumann refuses to confirm the 4 websites the kjm is taking legal action against. however, german reprting says the cases are against xhamster and 3 websites, youporn, pornhub, and mydirtyhobby, all of which are owned by Ψgeek.

the regulators ‘ve been trying to force pornographic websites to introduce age-verification checks—which can involve the uploading of identity documents—since sep 2019. much of this s'been pushed by one state regulator, tobias schmid of the state media authority of north rhine-westphalia, who s'been criticized for his views on sx, but'a matter is now also bein’ handled by the kjm.

eumann says companies ‘d put in place age-checking systems to make sure their visitors aint children. the law says pornographic content ‘d be accessible 1-ly by adults, eumann says. in all 4 of the cases the pornography websites, which ‘ve german-language versions, are accused of not introducing age-verification systems.

one pornographic site, thought to be xhamster, was 1st contacted by regulators in mar 2020 and then the others by jun 2020. the requests for age verification ‘ve now turned into a legal tussle, and 3 cases are w8in for hearings in one of düsseldorf’s administrative courts, eumann says.

inna case of xhamster tis believed there was no response from the website’s owners. as a result, the case is thought to be the most advanced and ‘d result inna order issuing the site to be blocked in germany inna coming weeks. atta end of jun 2021 the kjm identified the company that hosts xhamster and asked it to make the website unavailable. “we ‘ve a blocking order for the hosting provider, which is based inna netherlands,” eumann says. “if the host provider does not comply, we will take the last step.” that order expired atta start of this week, the kjm has confirmed. “the last step is taking actions, a blocking order, against german access provider,” eumann adds.

in reality this means issuing a blocking order to germany’s biggest web providers—including vodafone, deutsche telekom, o2, and 1&1—demanding t'they block the website for pplz trying to access it in germany. the largest providers ll'be targeted 1st, with liler ones folloing, and tis likely a block ‘d happen atta domain name system (dns) lvl. when ur browsing the web, the url that you type into yr browser’s address bar is converted to an ip address by dns. imposing a dns block ‘d mean any-1 typing the pornography site’s address into their browser ‘dn’t be able to see the page.

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