porn sites refuse to bow to the law, here’s why

After the government’s recent anti-porn measures, the sites in question are taking a stand. For them, it is simply unthinkable to shut down, because the obligations described in the decrees of law are unachievable. The editor of Tukif.com spoke on the subject.

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Lately, porn has had a hard time in France. Main complaint: they are far too easily accessible to minors, who in theory do not have the right to go there. Also, the government passed the second this week, issuing a decree authorizing the CSA to shut down sites that do not comply with regulations. Obviously, the reaction opposite was not long in coming and a first victory was obtained. The main sites targeted by this law have narrowly escaped the blockage, but will still have to meet the demands of the audiovisual policeman.

Asked by our colleagues at RTL, the publisher of TuKif.com, the seventh most popular pornographic site in France, expressed his frustration: “We agree on the observation of associations and the government, there is a problem with pornography among minors. But the proposed solutions are not realistic. They pass on to us the responsibility of checking when we are perhaps the websites in which Internet users have the least confidence ”. According to him, no effort is made on the part of the regulatory bodies to support the transition.

Porn sites refuse to close

Indeed, according to the decree, the CSA has the power to assess “The level of reliability of the technical process” used by sites to verify the age of their visitor. In the event of a negative diagnosis, the authority reserves the right to provide ” guidelines “. But according to TuKif.com, no device has yet been put in place to help improve protection. “We are likely to receive the formal notice tomorrow morning and have two weeks to install the filter without knowing the level of filtering that the CSA expects. We are waiting for clear and rapid technical directives as well as a reasonable time to put them in place ”.

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The publisher explains in particular that none of the advanced solutions is really feasible. It was indeed a question at one time of go through FranceConnect, use facial recognition or send an ID, but all of these options pose risks to user privacy. Also, the CNIL presented itself against each of them. Tukif.com, for its part, uses a system which is however inspired by these proposals. To visit the site, you must send a selfie with your ID card, which the group then analyzes to determine the date of birth.

This solution, called AgeVerif, has a significant advantage: verification is done directly on the user’s device, without having to transfer their data to the site. But it also has a major drawback: it is extremely expensive. “If we have to make a bank transaction at zero euros or compare the photo of a selfie with that of an identity document, that will generate costs”, explains the editor. However, not all sites will be able to afford to set it up, under penalty of collapsing under excessive loads.

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“Everyone imagines that porn sites generate millions and millions. But even with a million visits per month, a site like TuKif generates five-figure revenue. However, a system combining the verification of the bank card and the identity card, as on Jacquie and Michel, costs between 25 and 30 cents per user. If you multiply that by a million users a day, it’s bankruptcy in a week. The same goes for AgeVerif if we have to do more thorough checks ”.

“What is certain is that we will not close. We will do what is necessary because I cannot consider closing ”, he continues. “If the site is blocked, in three days it has disappeared from Google. And in a month, it has disappeared from the minds of Internet users. It’s over. TuKif is not a brand like TF1 or Canal + that people will miss. Porn sites, there are plenty ”. And to conclude: “They can send the formal notice to the main sites, but it’s doomed if they don’t take care to do it for all the sites in parallel. Internet users will always look for porn elsewhere “.

Source: RTL

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