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Ineffective, Unconstitutional, and Dangerous: The Problem with Age Verification Mandates

Ineffective, Unconstitutional, and Dangerous: The Problem with Age Verification Mandates

In the wake of Louisiana’s new law mandating the use of age verification (AV) on adult content websites, a flurry of copycat legislation has been introduced by well-meaning but poorly-informed politicians who don’t understand the real-world impacts of the laws they are proposing.  The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) whole-heartedly supports the goal of protecting young…

Sign Up to Lobby with FSC

Sign Up to Lobby with FSC

Following our successful lobbying trip to Washington D.C. last week, we’ve received overwhelming interest from industry members in participating in upcoming lobbying opportunities. FSC is planning another trip to the nation’s capital in the spring, as well as virtual meetings with legislators and their staff in the coming months, so we’re inviting FSC members who…

A Dangerous Divide Over Age Verification

A Dangerous Divide Over Age Verification

Over the past several years, our industry has aggressively battled European regulators over mandatory age-verification protocols, which many have argued lack privacy safeguards for visitors and unfairly burden businesses. During the battle over the 2019 Digital Economy Act, adult sites were almost uniformly opposed — and helped kill the bill.

So it was notable this summer when OnlyFans broke with the industry to publicly endorse the UK’s controversial Online Safety Bill, which requires mandatory age-verification of visitors to adult and social media sites. OnlyFans already requires visitors to submit IDs and submit to biometric age-verification and says it hopes the bill will force rivals to do the same.

Free Speech Coalition Joins ACLU, CDT in Filing Amicus Briefs in Section 230 Cases
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Free Speech Coalition Joins ACLU, CDT in Filing Amicus Briefs in Section 230 Cases

Free Speech Coalition, the trade and advocacy association for the adult industry, has joined civil rights and sex worker rights groups in filing “friend-of-the-court” briefs defending three platforms against FOSTA-enabled civil litigation. In each case, civil litigants are seeking damages from platforms — Twitter, Craigslist and Omegle — who they allege profited from sex trafficking.

Why the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Threatens the Adult Industry
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Why the Overturning of Roe v. Wade Threatens the Adult Industry

No matter how you feel about abortion, the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning Roe v. Wade is a threat to our industry’s continued existence. The right to sexual privacy and bodily autonomy rests on the very same foundations as the right to terminate a pregnancy and the constitutional protections that we’ve come to take for granted are very much in the crosshairs.