Playboy Fined by UK Telecoms Regulator After Allowing Children to See Videos
Published on: 17th Jan 2013
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By: Ian Mansfield
The UK's telecoms regulator Ofcom has fined Playboy Ł100 000 (US$160 000) for failing to protect children from pornographic material.
Two websites owned by Playboy (Playboy TV and Demand Adult) allowed users to access hardcore videos and images without having acceptable controls in place to check that users were aged 18 or over.
Unlike other pornographic websites, these websites are regulated by Ofcom and its concurrent regulator, the Authority for Video On Demand (ATVOD). This is because they provide access to videos in a similar way to adult services broadcast on television -- and fall within UK jurisdiction.
Ofcom concluded that Playboy's failure to protect children from potentially accessing these sites was serious, repeated and reckless.
These fines follow Ofcom's decision in December 2012 to fine the online adult content website, Strictly Broadband, £60,000 for failing to have effective controls in place to verify that users of the site were aged 18 or over.