Pornography age checks delayed by Govt

Government plans to force pornography websites to verify the age of users have been delayed.

Ministers first announced in 2016 that they planned to give the British Board of Film Classification powers to restrict UK and overseas sites which fail to deny access to under-18s.

The new powers were expected to be introduced in April, but the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has said this will no longer be the case.


A Government spokesman said: “We need to take the time to make sure we get it right if it’s going to work, and will come into effect later this year”.

The press release stated: “Our priority is to make the internet safer for children and we believe this is best achieved by taking time to get the implementation of the policy right.”

The plans will also be subject to a consultation and must be “cleared by parliament”.

The age checks are intended to stop children from “stumbling” upon porn online.

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