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:
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?