The European Union says three pornographic sites are now subject to stricter rules under of the Act on Digital Services (DSA). Specifically, it is about Pornhub, Stripchat a XVideoswhich the EU marked strongly very large platforms (FLOP), which have an average of more than 45 million monthly users. These three sites must therefore be subject to the same strict rules as, for example, Facebook, Instagram, X and TikTok.

The European Commission stated that VLOP they have time until February 17, to meet the general requirements of the DSA. These include making it easier for users to flag illegal content, prioritizing reports from trusted users, providing a means to appeal content moderation decisions, publishing an annual transparency report detailing content moderation processes, and strengthening its systems to ensure high levels of privacy, security and protection of minors.

These three porn sites have too four months to fulfill other obligations. For example, they must implement mitigation measures to prevent the spread of illegal content. According to the Commission, this includes material related to the sexual abuse of children and content that affects fundamental rights, such as the right to human dignity and private life in the case of non-consensual sharing of intimate material online or deepfake pornography. The three sites must also be subject to an annual external independent audit. According to the Commission, these measures empower and protect users, including minorsand will properly assess and mitigate any systemic risks arising from their services.

The commission says it will closely monitor the three porn sites to make sure they comply with the rules, especially when it comes to measures to protect minors from harmful content and the dissemination of illegal content.

Penalties for non-compliance with DSA requirements are severe. Platform owners can get a fine of up to six percent of its annual worldwide revenue. The Commission may also impose fines of up to five percent of average daily worldwide revenue for each day of delay that VLOP fails to comply with corrective actions. In extreme cases, the EU can ask national courts to temporarily block access to the given service.

Source: engadget.com