Blocking of pornographic sites: Arcom reassigns ISPs

As part of the blocking of several pornographic sites in France, Arcom reassigned many internet service providers: Orange, Orange Caraïbe, Free, Free Mobile, SFR and SFR Fibre, Bouygues Telecom, Colt Technologies Services, and Outre- Sea Telecom. They will appear on September 6 before the Paris court.

Last March, Arcom (resulting from the merger between the CSA and Hadopi) initiated legal proceedings against five porn sites accused of not reliably verifying the age of visitors. While the date of May 24, 2022 had been given, this had to be interrupted for procedural error from Arcom.

But this does not mean that the sites concerned (Pornhub, Xnxx, xHamster, Xvideos and Cliphunter) are no longer in question. Indeed, according to information from Next INpact, Arcom has just reassigned several internet service providers to court — Orange, Orange Caraïbe, Free, Free Mobile, SFR, SFR Fibre, Bouygues Telecom, Colt Technologies Services and Outre-Mer Télécom — who will appear before the president of the Paris court. The next appointment is given for September 6, 2022, the date on which the sites concerned could be blocked in France by the ISPs.

ISPs may have to block porn sites themselves

This problem of blocking porn sites goes back several years. As a reminder, pornographic sites are accused of allowing minors access to their X content too easily. It must be said that the verification of the age of visitors is not very advanced and consists simply of a pop-up banner that appears when opening a porn site.

Two years ago, a text of law was adopted by the government to allow Arcom to give formal notice to these five pornographic sites and to impose on them the integration of a more advanced control of the age of visitors. And if this integration is not carried out in time, the authority is able to impose their legal blocking on the ISPs.

But no alternative has been found by the authority, and the solution found by Tukif with AgeVerif, a reliable age verification process that can be performed on smartphones, tablets and computers, does not suit him because it is optional. on the site.

It is established that the Ponrhub, Tukif, xHamster, Xnxx and xVideos sites allow minors to have access to pornographic content in violation of article 227-24 of the Penal Code and have not, despite the formal notice notified by Arcom, taken no measures likely to prevent access by minors to the incriminated content »


The appointment is therefore given for September 6, the date on which a verdict will be rendered. The five pornographic sites risk the total blocking of their platform in France from this date, until they set up a reliable age verification method on their site. And the president of Arcom intends not to bear the cost of this blocking and will force the ISPs to do so.

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Blocking of pornographic sites: Arcom reassigns ISPs

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