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Playboy Fined £100,000 by UK Telecoms Watchdog

UK telecoms watchdog Ofcom has fined Playboy £100,000 for, 'failing to protect children' from pornographic material. Specifically, Ofcom says Playboy allowed users to access hardcore videos and pictures without having "acceptable controls" in place to verify all users were over 18. Playboy's Playboy TV and Demand Adult are both regulated by Ofcom and the Authority for Video On Demand (ATVOD) because they provide access to videos in a similar way to adult services broadcast on television and fall within UK jurisdiction. The regulator said in a statement today that Playboy's failure to prevent children from accessing the sites in question was 'serious, repeated and reckless.'

According to Ofcom, the only protection Demand Adult had in place was a button that said, "Enter I am over 18. In addition to this, users could use a debit card to pay for premium content. Playboy TV also had a self certification system in place for users' ages as well as a debit card payment system. Demand Adult displayed explicit content on the homepage, while Playboy TV showed sexual activity without explicit detail on its homepage.

For their actions, Demand Adult will have to pay £65,000 in fines, while Playboy TV will have to pay £35,000. This equates to just under $104,000 for Demand Adult and just under $56,000 for Playboy TV. Total fines equate to $159,929 by today's exchange rates.

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