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FSC Appoints Vince Charlton as AV Liaison for UK, Europe

Industry veteran Vince Charlton will join FSC as the organization’s Age Verification Policy Liaison — with a special focus on the U.K. and Europe — as it works to more proactively engage legislators and regulators.

Conservative UK Prime Minister Orders Review of All Porn Laws

Rishi Sunak, the Conservative prime minister of the U.K., has ordered a full review of British pornography laws.

Age Verification for Adult Content Becomes Mandatory in Virginia and Mississippi Tomorrow

New laws mandating age verification for adult websites in Virginia and Mississippi, passed by both states’ legislatures earlier this year, will take effect on Saturday.

Pornhub Blocks Access in Virginia, Mississippi Over Age Verification

Pornhub has blocked access to its platform in Virginia and Mississippi, where mandatory age verification legislation goes into effect tomorrow.

Sen. Josh Hawley's New Book on Manhood Lambasts 'Timid, Weak, Sterile' Porn Watchers

“Manhood,” the new book by controversial U.S. Senator Josh Hawley of Kansas, features an extended chapter titled “Cheap Sex,” in which the Republican politician asserts, “Nothing could be more timid or weak, more sterile, than a man, alone, staring at porn on his phone.”

Maryland Legalizes Oral, Anal Sex

The state of Maryland has repealed the Unnatural or Perverted Sexual Practice Act, which criminalized any sexual act outside of vaginal penetration.

Apple Warns UK Government of Serious Privacy Risks if 'Online Safety Bill' Passes

Apple has issued a statement warning against serious privacy risks that it says would result from the passage of the Online Safety Bill currently being fast-tracked by the Conservative government of Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.

The Bible Exempted From Utah's Draconian Anti-Porn Law

A Utah school board that ordered the Bible removed from certain school libraries, as it was found to be in violation of Utah’s draconian new anti-porn law, reversed course on Tuesday after community pressure to exempt scriptural descriptions of incest, rape and other sexual matters from censorship.

Jessica Stoya Discusses Censorship of Adult Content for Document Journal

Writer and former performer Jessica Stoya discussed the current state of online porn culture and the attempts to censor it, in a conversation published last week by Document Journal.

FSC Files Legal Challenge to Louisiana Age Verification Law

Free Speech Coalition has filed a legal challenge in Louisiana over the state’s age-verification law.

Ninth Circuit Refuses to Rehear Anti-Porn Lobby's Lawsuit Against Twitter

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday delivered another defeat to the NCOSE-sponsored lawsuit attempting to establish liability for Twitter over user-generated content, denying the plaintiffs a full rehearing.

Texas Prosecutor Accused of Abuse of Power for Netflix Censorship Attempt

A coalition of broadcasters, journalists and publishers this week told a Fifth Circuit appeals panel that Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin acted in bad faith and abused his powers by manipulating a Texas grand jury into indicting Netflix for promoting the award-winning film “Cuties.”

Pornhub Releases New Video Urging Action Against Anti-Porn Legislation

Pornhub has released a new video featuring Cherie DeVille urging viewers to contact their representatives to weigh in on the current blitz of anti-porn legislation being proposed around the country.

Louisiana Passes Religious Republican's New Anti-Porn Law

The Louisiana Senate on Monday unanimously passed new legislation creating more liability for adult websites, introduced by the religious Republican lawmaker behind the state’s controversial age verification law.

Age Verification: Unpacking a Web of Laws and Controversies

Last February, the adult industry trade group Free Speech Coalition (FSC) released a policy position paper that clearly stressed, from the get-go, a sentiment shared by virtually every single professional in the sector.

FSC Asks Court to Block Utah Age-Verification Law

Free Speech Coalition has filed a motion for preliminary injunction of Utah's age-verification law, asking the district judge to block its enforcement pending resolution of the case.

Daily Beast Publishes Op-Ed by Cybersecurity Expert Questioning Age Verification Laws

The Daily Beast yesterday published an opinion piece by a cybersecurity expert about how the current state-by-state campaign being waged to mandate age verification requirements for social media threatens online privacy and free speech.

Texas Orders All Adult Sites to Post Anti-Porn Propaganda Disclaimers

The Texas legislature has passed a new age verification law that compels adult websites to post pseudoscientific anti-porn propaganda disclaimers declaring that “pornography is potentially biologically addictive, is proven to harm human brain development, desensitizes brain reward circuits, increases conditioned responses and weakens brain function.”

SCOTUS Rejects NCOSE-Promoted Lawsuit Targeting Reddit

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to take up an NCOSE-sponsored case that sought to create liability for Reddit over third-party user material, using FOSTA-SESTA to bypass Section 230 protections.

YouTube Censors Holly Randall Podcast Episode Debunking Anti-Sex Work Myths

YouTube removed on Wednesday an episode of the “Holly Randall Unfiltered” industry podcast, featuring an interview with Reason magazine senior editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown debunking myths about sex trafficking spread by anti-sex-work activists, mainstream media and politicians.