British Regulator Fines Playboy

Failed to protect children from pornographic websites


Playboy has been fined £100,000 by Ofcom for offering hardcore videos and pornographic images online that could by accessed by children.

The media regulator said that the adult pay-TV company's failure to have proper controls to stop young people accessing two of its websites was "serious, repeated and reckless".

Ofcom found that Playboy did not have acceptable web controls to check that users accessing the porn sites were aged 18 or over. Controls that can be used include asking users for credit card details, which are not available to those aged below 18.