The German media censor, the Commission for the Protection of Minors in the Media, wants to force the hosting provider of the porn website xHamster to lock out German users.
A year ago, the State Agency for Media in North Rhine-Westphalia began to
issue porn portals such as PornHub with an ultimatum: Either they establish age verification systems or there is a threat of network blocking. Several proceedings are currently pending at the Dusseldorf Administrative Court are being contested by
porn companies who argue that they label their websites according to an international standard designed to make it easy for parents to block offers on their children's devices.
However, German legislation takes the opposite approach: Portals that are
harmful to minors should only be accessible if the users are proved to be of legal age. Tobias Schmid, the director of the State Agency for Media in North Rhine-Westphalian, said:
In the end it is very simple: Anyone
who wants to earn money with pornography in the German market has to adhere to German laws.
The agency has now been able to determine the hosting provider for xHamster. This is not trivial, as many porn portals disguise their IT
infrastructure with the help of cloud services. The media censor has now written an official to the web host.