Written Question, answered on 24 March 2021
Baroness Grender Liberal Democrat Life peer Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government which commercial pornography companies will be in scope of the
Online Safety Bill; and whether commercial pornography websites which
do not host user-generated content, or
allow private user communication, will also be in scope.
Baroness Barran Conservative
The government is committed to ensuring children are protected from accessing online pornography through the new online safety framework. Where
pornography sites host user-generated content or facilitate online user interaction such as video and image sharing, commenting and live streaming, they will be subject to the new duty of care. Commercial pornography sites which allow private user to
user communication will be in scope. Where commercial pornography sites do not have user-generated functionality they will not be in scope. The online safety regime will capture both the most visited pornography sites and pornography on social media,
therefore covering the majority of sites where children are most likely to be exposed to pornography.
We expect companies to use age assurance or age verification technologies to prevent children from accessing services which pose
the highest risk of harm to children, such as online pornography. We are working closely with stakeholders across industry to establish the right conditions for the market to deliver age assurance and age verification technical solutions ahead of the
legislative requirements coming into force.