Pornhub, YouPorn and Mydirtyhobby: Ban on porn portals confirmed

This had agreed with the Landesanstalt für Medien NRW, which had complained about a total of three Internet offers to protect children and young people from Cypriot societies: Pornhub, YouPorn and Mydirtyhobby. The media supervisors prohibited their further distribution in Germany as long as the pornographic content was not removed or it was ensured that only adults had access to it.

Disputes have been going on for years

The makers of several large porn portals, most of which are based in Cyprus, have been refusing for years to to precede their offers with youth protection that meets the requirements of the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media. The media regulators want to oblige the porn providers to put an effective age verification in front of their offers. Some of the largest offers only rely on warnings that can be easily clicked away if no youth protection program is installed on the computer or smartphone.

As justification for the decision, the Higher Administrative Court stated that there were no constitutional objections to the fact that in the supervision of telemedia offerings the content-related decision on compatibility with youth protection was assigned solely to the transnational Commission for Youth Media Protection (KJM). .

In view of the high importance of the protection of minors, the providers could not counter the ban with the so-called country of origin principle, according to which for Internet providers from an EU member state generally only apply the rules there. The Higher Administrative Court decisions are incontestable, but the providers had initiated separate main proceedings.

If the portals continue to refuse to install a youth protection system, they could be blocked by the authorities at German access providers. The state media authority of North Rhine-Westphalia had already imposed such a block on the xHamster portal, but it had little effect: the provider activated another domain without further ado in order to bypass the block from German providers.

Movement after years of standstill

According to information from SPIEGEL, however, there is now new movement in the legal dispute. The authorities in Cyprus want to regulate the protection of minors themselves in the future, which would call into question the responsibility of the German authorities. At the same time, a representative of the xHamster portal met with representatives of the authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia in July. Before that, the authorities did not even get an answer to official letters to the official company headquarters.

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