xHamster Affirms Commitment to ‘Youth Media Protection’ in Germany

DÜSSELDORF, Germany — xHamster announced today that it will be “sharing without restriction” its goals for “youth media protection” (Jugendmedienschutzes) to ensure minors will not be able to access adult content.

The announcement was reported today by German newspaper Berliner Zeitung.

The Cyprus-based tube site stated their intention to continue communicating with the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia’s Tobias Schmid, the local official behind the crusade for Germany to require age verification for viewing sexual content.

As XBIZ reported, Schmid — a Düsseldorf-based one-man German War on Porn described as someone with “a fetish for order” — spearheaded the efforts that led to a court issuing a “network ban” and blocking access to xHamster last March.

Leading daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine noted at the time that “the network ban is the harshest sanction provided by the German Telemedia Act” and it “is unpopular and is quickly classified as ‘censorship.’”

“Of course, blocking the network is a dramatic intervention,” Schmid told the paper. “With this offer, however, the right to freedom of expression should not be affected too much. It is simply a business with pornography, and done at the expense of children and young people.”

Today xHamster representatives told Berliner Zeitung that they are willing to discuss “effective and legally permissible technical protective measures” with the State Media Authority of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The State Media Authority in Düsseldorf declined to comment on the initiative, Berliner Zeitung reported.

Main Image: North Rhine-Westphalia bureaucrat Tobias Schmid (Source: LMA)

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