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UK imposes age limit for porn

An age-check outline designed to stop under-18s viewing pornographic websites will come into force on 15 July.

From that date, affected sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors.

If they fail to obey they will face being jammed by internet service providers.

But critics say teens may find it relatively easy to avoid the control or could simply turn to porn-hosting platforms not covered by the law.

Likewise, any platform that hosts pornography but does not do so on a profitable basis – meaning it does not charge a fee or make money from ads or other activity – will not be affected.

The authorities have, however, acknowledged that age-verification is “not a silver bullet” solution, but rather a means to make it less likely that children mishap across inappropriate material online.

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