Pornhub challenges EU regulations on online content


Pornhub, one of the world’s most popular pornography websites, is challenging new EU regulations that require stricter age verification measures under the Digital Services Act (DSA). The site disputes its classification as a Very Large Online Platform (VLOP) and has filed a legal challenge with the EU’s General Court in Luxembourg.

The DSA aims to enhance online protections for EU citizens, with VLOPs facing increased obligations for content moderation and removal of illegal material. Failure to comply with the new rules could result in fines of up to 6% of a company’s global turnover.

In addition to the DSA, tech companies are also grappling with the Digital Markets Act (DMA), which designates certain firms as “gatekeepers” and imposes new responsibilities on them. Apple, one of the designated gatekeepers, has already faced controversy for blocking Epic Games from launching its own online marketplace on Apple devices in Europe.

The EU is closely monitoring these legal clashes and will continue to question companies about their compliance with the new regulations.

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