Fight between the protection of minors and the porn industry: Because children can easily access pornographic content on xHamster, a procedure has been initiated against the operator.

xHamster is one of the most popular porn websites in the world.

Porn site xHamster threatens to block the network

But the porn site does not have an age check.

Porn site xHamster threatens network blocking

This means that even children can access content without any problems.

That's what

  • In Germany, the porn site xHamster is threatened with a network block.

  • Because the website has No age check.

  • This means that children can also access pornographic content and that is illegal.

xHamster is one of the most popular porn sites in the world. Millions of pictures and videos can be clicked on on the portal. But now the site in Germany is threatened with a network block due to disregard of the protection of children and young people.

Because children can easily access the pornographic content on xHamster and other porn sites, the responsible authorities have initiated proceedings against the operators. The objection period has expired. In the case of xHamster, there is now a definitive notification, as the German Press Agency writes.

xHamster has so far refused to communicate with the supervisory authority and has not implemented any measures such as an age check. Other portal operators are currently taking legal action against the notices affecting them before the Higher Administrative Court for North Rhine-Westphalia.

Access block is being clarified

Now the authorities are approaching the network operators: Vodafone and Telekom. They are informed that there is illegal content in their networks that must be blocked. Vodafone is working on the legal assessment.

“We only implement access barriers technically if they are legally ordered,” says a Telekom spokesman for the German press agency. xHamster describes the network blocking as “far from an optimal solution”.

A block would allow younger people to switch to smaller sites where they would be exposed to more extreme content. The porn site is ready to cooperate with the German authorities. Age checks would have to be used across the industry.

xHamster repeatedly hits the headlines because it does not appear to be actively deleting content that has been illegally produced and uploaded by third parties from its offerings. In addition, the company hides its owners to this day (see box).

Operator behind xHamster

xHamster was founded in 2007. For a long time it was unclear who ran the site. “Der Spiegel” and “Norddeutsche Rundfunk” have found the alleged backers: two Russians living in Cyprus. The official operator of xHamster is Hammy Media Ltd., registered in the Greek part of Cyprus. The Wisebits company is behind this. Oleg Netepenko holds 90 percent of the Wisebits shares and Dmitry Gusev the remaining ten percent.

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By Teresa Tapmleton

Teresa Tampleton has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Nizh TEkegram, Teresa Tampleton worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teresa@ntelegram.com 1-800-268-7341

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