Virginia age-verification law

So, my state (Virginia, USA) recently passed a new “age-verification” law per the orders of Governor Glenn Youngkin. I only learned about it once I attempted accessing a pornsite. This is what I was met with:

You must be 18+ to access xHamster

In order to comply with Virginia law, we have implemented a procedure to verify the age of users accessing our website from Virginia.

How do you want to confirm your age?

Age estimation (Take a photo of your face to confirm your age.)

Digital ID app (Simply share you’re 18 or over – and nothing more.)

ID verification (Confirm your age with your passport, driving licence or national ID.)

I’m sorry, you want me to give you a picture of my face or give you ID? Not a chance!

PornHub straight-up blocked themselves in VA:

Dear user,

As you may know, your elected officials in Virginia are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, giving your ID card every time you want to visit an adult platform is not the most effective solution for protecting our users, and in fact, will put children and your privacy at risk.

In addition, mandating age verification without proper enforcement gives platforms the opportunity to choose whether or not to comply. As we’ve seen in other states, this just drives traffic to sites with far fewer safety measures in place. Very few sites are able to compare to the robust Trust and Safety measures we currently have in place. To protect children and user privacy, any legislation must be enforced against all platforms offering adult content.

The safety of our users is one of our biggest concerns. We believe that the best and most effective solution for protecting children and adults alike is to identify users by their device and allow access to age-restricted materials and websites based on that identification. Until a real solution is offered, we have made the difficult decision to completely disable access to our website in Virginia.

Please contact your representatives before it is too late and demand device-based verification solutions that make the internet safer while also respecting your privacy.

Well, at least I can still access R34 and ATF (for now), but what the Hell?

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I find that hilarious considering that PornHub were literally willing to hop into bed with the UK gov’t over rolling out age verification.

Fucking hypocrites.


There was an anime encyclopedia site that followed German law, so to access info on hentai works, they not only needed an image of my driver’s license (which would be fine, given that I actually have a scan on hand), but that it needed to be a “fresh” one AKA a photo of it next to a sheet of paper with stuff that the site ordered written written on it.

You need a good VPN.

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I was going to ask if you could bypass it via Tor, but Tor is incredibly slow from what I’ve heard.

Though Pornhub have a Tor .onion iirc.

Sometimes. Mostly improved lately. I access a great 3D site there.

this law is just ridiculous and people will find ways to bypass it…It also makes it much harder for smaller sites with adult content to try and scan everyone… It’s impossible to do so


The UK is going to be doing the exact same thing.

The moment that happens, I’ll be using Tor.

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Something that was pointed out on the r/Virginia subreddit is that this restriction will only lead young people to look for porn on less reputable sites. Sites that aren’t as strictly moderated, y’know? Goes to show that laws like this, in fact, do NOT protect children. Quite the opposite.

Also, saw another post on r/Virginia about a longtime VA resident who moved to New York. Even though they moved out of VA, pornsites were still blocked for them! What kinda nonsense is this!?

Goddammit Youngkin…


Sounds like anisearch. They do the bare minimum tho which is nice. Birth date is all that needs to be visible, everything else can be hidden.

Based fact: Half the staff on that site are lolicons with one 61 year old staffer reviewing loli(con) series all the time.

Sounds like the effects of Alcohol Prohibition.