Playboy not keeping kids from porn

2013-01-17 07:44

London - Britain's media regulator fined Playboy £100 000 on Wednesday for its "reckless" failure to prevent children from accessing pornography.

Two websites owned by the US adult brand provided access to "hardcore videos and images" without adequate controls ensuring that users were aged 18 or over, the Ofcom regulator said.

"Playboy's failure to protect children from potentially accessing these sites was serious, repeated and reckless," the watchdog said.

Access hardcore material

The Demand Adult website displayed hardcore pornography that could be viewed simply by clicking on a button labelled "Enter, I am over 18" while the Playboy TV site used a similar age verification system to show less explicit content.

Users of both websites could access hardcore material using a debit card - which unlike a credit card, can be obtained by Britons from the age of 11.

Ofcom said neither the button marked "I am over 18" nor the debit card payment system constituted "an effective age verification system".

Playboy has grown from the men's magazine founded by Hugh Hefner in 1953 into a global business empire spanning pornography, members' clubs and merchandise branded with its iconic "bunny" logo.

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Comments

  • peasant.mcpoor - 2013-01-17 08:24

    Wow- what a fine! playboy is in deep trouble.

  • matthew.swanepoel.9 - 2013-01-17 08:35

    Terrible!!!! I have to investigate, what the websites name??

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-17 08:57

    It should have been more

  • duncan.colter - 2013-01-17 09:07

    Meanwhile, in SA the age of consent is reduced to 12 years old and is being described as a victory by those who claim to protect children!

      duncan.colter - 2013-01-17 09:35

      In case the comment is misread, the courts have failed the youth by passing law that effectivly removes statutory rape!

      hayley.fredericks.9 - 2013-01-17 10:54

      WHAT?

  • Mdevour State - 2013-01-17 09:32

    A South African who saw pornography as an adult (26yrs+) hands up please........

  • mariana.barry - 2013-01-17 09:32

    In South Africa it would be seen as "INCONSTITUTIONAL" to witheld this from the youth.

  • gift.rode - 2013-01-17 09:33

    This all boils down to parenting

  • delish7564 - 2013-01-17 09:59

    Whatever happened to ensuring "netnanny" is on and working? Hello, it is up to parents to monitor what their children are doing, hence a computer should be in a general area so that it is visible at ALL times. We all know innocent searches can be made and very strange results come back, but again, it boils down to parental responsibility in the home or the school ensuring these websites cannot be accessed. It's not rocket science!!

      eyesears.handsfeet - 2013-01-17 12:05

      One can only exercise SOO MUCH parental responsibly. You are not with your child 24/7. If a parent is doing anything is thier power to look after his/her children by trying to keep them safe from magazines, web and tv, you are already taking away their freedom,until a certain age of understanding. But if the roleplayers outside, are not willing to play ball, it's all about the money and just shrug their shoulders, in saying it is not my problem, then it becomes unfair to the parents who are really trying. @ peasant. It is often the innocent, being exposed to certain things sex related that sometimes and/or often becomes the hunter for the hunted as something inside them snaps. Not a very mentally healthy point of view in my opinion. So the next thing you will want to see 24/7 is "porn" with animals, in magazines and tv, what next, wales and dolphins, what next in order to satisfy the everlasting search for the more exotic, erotic and dirtier by keep on pushing the boundaries? What next?

  • russell.haines.3 - 2013-01-17 11:40

    2 wrongs..........

  • Frank - 2013-01-17 12:08

    when i was six i came across a porn mag and wasn`t phased.I watched mj`s thriller music video and i had to see a psychologist...

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