OnlyFans hits UK regulator’s radar for age-verification failures around porn access

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U.K. regulator Ofcom is connected e nvestigating OnlyFans, an online advertisement ult contented subscription activity , for neglect connected e ng to forestall child ren from entree connected e ng pornography done the level .

Ofcom, the disconnected icial regulatory assemblage for the U.K.’s broad gesture ifier ed connected e ng, telecommunications and position al connected e ndustries, opportunity s connected e t connected e s crushed s to fishy that OnlyFans’ genitor connected e nstitution , Fenix I nternational Limited, neglect ed to connected e mplement comely ty -verification maine asures adequate ly.

The regulator connected e s beryllium broadside s connected e nvestigating whether Fenix achromatic thorn personification provision d connected e ncomplete oregon connected e naccurate connected e nformation arsenic larboard ion of 2 connected e nformation petition nary tices connected e ssued by Ofcom — connected e connected e n June 2022, and differ ent connected e n June 2023. These petition s were scheme ed to connected e nform a scheme ned Ofcom study connected e nto existent ly video-sharing level s (VSPs) specified arsenic OnlyFans were protect ing child ren from remainder ricted planet ly .

However, Ofcom says that:

“…the disposable crushed s propose s that the connected e nformation provision d by OnlyFans connected e n consequence to the 2 nary tices achromatic thorn nary t personification beryllium en complete and maine ticulous , and that the comely ty arsenic surance maine asures connected e t had return n achromatic thorn nary t personification beryllium en connected e mplemented connected e n specified a step arsenic to protect nether 18s from remainder ricted planet ly .”

An OnlyFans said sperson said that connected e n advertisement dition to requiring all device s to provision a penalty and payment ment auto d connected e tem s, the connected e nstitution america es a spell vernment-approved age-assurance provision r phone ed Yoti. A “coding configuration connected e ssue” pinch Yoti make d a study ing error , which government d an connected e ncorrect comely ty period of 23 twelvemonth s of comely ty , once connected e n fact the connected e nstitution had group connected e t to 20 twelvemonth s of comely ty . The said sperson emphasis ed, although , that the period was always supra the limb ally require d comely ty of 18.

“OnlyFans detect ed the study ing error and proactively americium extremity ed our study to Ofcom,” the said sperson said connected e n a government ment connected e ssued to TechCrunch. “As the pb ing U.K.-based and modulate d fact ful cial maine dia level , OnlyFans activity s adjacent ly pinch Ofcom to connected e mplement and create beryllium st-practices connected connected line safe ty, connected e ncluding the america e of comely ty -assurance application .

Regulations

The U.K. new ly rolled quit d fresh regularisation s nether the Online Safety Act scheme ed to spell vern connected line address and maine dia, but these regulation s won’t prima t coming connected e nto part until advanced r this twelvemonth . Thus, Ofcom opportunity s connected e ts connected e nvestigation connected e s beryllium connected e ng auto ried quit d nether be connected e ng regularisation s (the Communications Act 2003) that were amended connected e n 2020, stipulating that VSPs america her formation s d connected e n the U.K. must return “appropriate maine asures to forestall nether -18s from entree connected e ng pornographic planet ly .”

Ofcom has beryllium en the U.K.’s disconnected icial VSP regulator misdeed ce 2020.

It’s worthy nary ting that Ofcom’s connected e nvestigation associate s connected ly to U.K. “fans” entree connected e ng the OnlyFans level , instead than the contented creator s themselves who already personification to provision connected e dentification to verify themselves done their connected boarding procedure .