Britain fines Playboy for failure to protect kids from porn

Jan 16, 2013
Britain's media regulator fined Playboy 100,000 pounds ($160,000, 121,000 euros) on Wednesday for its "reckless" failure to prevent children from accessing pornography.

Britain's media regulator fined Playboy 100,000 pounds ($160,000, 121,000 euros) on Wednesday for its "reckless" failure to prevent children from accessing pornography.

Two websites owned by the US adult brand provided access to "hardcore videos and images" without adequate controls ensuring that users were aged 18 or over, the Ofcom regulator said.

"Playboy's failure to protect children from potentially accessing these sites was serious, repeated and reckless," the said.

The Demand Adult website displayed hardcore pornography that could be viewed simply by clicking on a button labelled "Enter, I am over 18" while the Playboy TV site used a similar age verification system to show less .

Users of both websites could access hardcore material using a debit card—which unlike a credit card, can be obtained by from the age of 11.

Ofcom said neither the button marked "I am over 18" nor the debit card payment system constituted "an effective age verification system".

Playboy has grown from the men's magazine founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953 into a empire spanning pornography, members' clubs and merchandise branded with its iconic "bunny" logo.

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extremity
2.3 / 5 (3) Jan 16, 2013
This is science related how? Seems more like a pop-culture article I'd find in Vogue.
Squirrel
1 / 5 (1) Jan 17, 2013
Good point extremity--there is so much science to keep up with that a filter on pop-culture trivial is essential.
Lord_jag
not rated yet Jan 17, 2013
Playboy:

Oh let me reach into my pocket. Hold on. Ah here we go. Have some pocket change.
VendicarD
not rated yet Jan 17, 2013
Playboy is porn?