Playboy fined £100,000

Ofcom has fined Playboy £100,000 for failing to protect children from potentially harmful pornographic material.

There are two websites owned by Playboy, an TV channel and a adult website version. They claimed it  allowed users to access hardcore videos and images without having acceptable controls in place to check that users were aged 18 or over.

Pornographic websites are regulated by ATVOD. Because they provide access to videos in a similar way to adult services broadcast on television – and fall within UK jurisdiction, and any site operated from within the Uk will be on ATVODs radar, who then report back to Ofcom.

It was said because of the current rules enforced by ATVOD, that Playboy’s failure to protect children from potentially accessing these sites was serious, repeated and reckless.