UK: Experts raise concern over draft Online Safety Bill Loophole

Experts in the UK have expressed  concerns over a loophole in the  recently published Online Safety Bill draft that could put pornography websites outside its scope as it will  apply only to sites or services that allow ‘user interactivity’ such as Facebook. 

Commercial pornography sites, such as Pornhub and YouPorn have a combination of user-generated content and content created by official partners, could now cite that they are outside of the scope of the Bill if they remove all user-generated content.  

The bill which is  expected to be introduced later this year enforces stricter obligations on platforms. However experts opine that the bill focuses on the issue of kids ‘stumbling’ across pornography on social media but not children who start to look for it on dedicated porn websites.