Gay porn ban in the UK comes into effect in July

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In a bid to reduce the number of younger viewers on porn sites, all internet users will have to verify their age before they gain access to any website with the X-rated content. If adult websites do not adhere to the new rules they might be blocked at all, says the Minister for Digital Margot Jones. “We’ve taken the time to balance privacy concerns with the need to protect children from inappropriate content,” she explains, as the current age policy (or rather an absence of such) allows children to gain access to the content which is totally inappropriate and potentially dangerous for them. The goal is to make the UK the safest country, at least from the point of view of cybersafety. Relaxed verification procedure for online adult content is an issue politicians have been fighting against for many years. In 2013, then-Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would work towards a block on pornography in every household. “I want to talk about the internet,” he said. “The impact it is having on the innocence of our children. How online pornography is corroding childhood. And how, in the darkest corners of the internet, there are things going on that are creating a direct danger to our children, and that must be stamped out.”

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