Texas Pornhub laws and ban.

Texas Pornhub Law

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Overview

The Texas Pornhub Law, also known as the Texas Porn Law or the Texas Porn Age Verification Law, refers to 2024 legislation in the state of Texas that required users of pornography sites like Pornhub to legally verify their age before entering the site as an attempt to prevent access to minors. The bill was originally signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott in mid-2023. On the day that Pornhub suspended its services to Texans in March 2024, various reactions surfaced on social media sites like Twitter / X where users posted screenshots of the pop-up screen they received when they tried to enter the site.

Background

In June 2023, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed House Bill 1181[1] into law which required age verification and health warnings to view pornographic websites.[2] The law was set to be enacted on September 1st, 2023.[2] However, on September 1st, U.S. District Judge David Ezra struck down the law, claiming that it violated free speech rights, was overall vague and raised privacy concerns based on the fact that an age verification would require a traceable government-issued ID, allowing the government access to personal user data that it's not required to delete.[2]

On March 7th, 2024, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the age verification requirement.[3] The court cited a 1968 U.S. Supreme Court decision that prevented the sale of obscene materials to minors.[3] The 5th Circuit did not uphold the law’s required health warnings because they unconstitutionally compelled speech.[3]

On March 14th, 2024, Pornhub suspended its site for Texan users.[3]



Online Reaction

On March 14th, 2024, screenshots of a pop-up given to Texan Pornhub users spread on social media sites like X.[4] For instance, X[5] user @rawsalerts posted a screenshot, receiving over 18,000 likes in a day (shown below, left).

Viral quotes of the post quickly surfaced, like one shared by X[6] user @AliEzzoBezzo on March 14th, who said, "this is a good thing," gaining over 63,000 likes in a day (shown below, right).


RAWS ALERTS @rawsalerts Subscribe #BREAKING: PornHub has just pulled its services out of Texas due to age verification law P--- hub Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective solution for protecting users online, and in fact, will put minors and your privacy at risk. 3:29 PM Mar 14, 2024 15.4M Views Ali @AliEzzoBezzo this is a good thing RAWS ALERTS @rawsalerts · 22h #BREAKING: PornHub has just pulled its services out of Texas due to age verification law P--- hub Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective solution for protecting users online, and in fact, will put 5:01 PM Mar 14, 2024 2.7M Views

Some internet users mocked Pornhub's tone in their pop-up message, like X[7] user @DAKKADAKKA1 on March 15th, 2024, who shared a Jurassic Park screencap captioned, "Your upset that children cannot access your porn site?" gaining over 360 likes in five hours (shown below, left).

Other reactions surfaced on 4chan, like a thread started by a user on /pol/ [8] on March 14th, gaining numerous replies (shown below, right).


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While many championed the ban, others portrayed skepticism and opposition, like X[8] user @botticellibimbo on March 14th, 2024, who believed that the state did not care about the rights of minors and instead wanted access to data. She ended her quote by writing, "You really believe the govt cares about kids?" receiving over 1,400 likes in a day (shown below).


reversecowgirl69 @botticellibimbo all of ya'll thinking this is actually about minors accessing p--- are f------ stupid. The state wants you to submit your ID they want to have data on who is accessing p---. What happened to no big government? You really believe the govt cares about kids? unusual_whales @unusual_whales · 23h BREAKING: Pornhub has disabled its site in Texas over objections to a state law that requires age verification to prevent access to minors, per the Houston Chronicle. P--- hub Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective 11:57 PM Mar 14, 2024 76.8K Views

Various Reactions


kira '' @kirawontmiss i speak for EVERYONE when i say ban it everywhere RAWSALERTS @rawsalerts 22h Subscribe #BREAKING: PornHub has just pulled its services out of Texas due to age verification law P--- hub Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective solution for protecting users online, and in fact, will put 12:19 AM Mar 15, 2024 9.7M Views Right Wing Cope @RightWingCope Pornhub cut off service in Texas, and google searches for "VPN❞ are SURGING Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective solution for • 10:37 AM Mar 15, 2024 181.5K Views Interest by subregion Subregion ▾ 1 Texas 2 Virginia 100 53 3 District of Columbia 53 4 Washington 5 California 45 44 ... Dead Domain @Domain Dead The amount of dumbass clapping seals in the comments praising the ban of p--- at the behest of conservative governance f------ sucks. Just a legion of lemmings. unusual_whales @unusual_whales · 23h BREAKING: Pornhub has disabled its site in Texas over objections to a state law that requires age verification to prevent access to minors, per the Houston Chronicle. P--- hub Dear user, As you may know, your elected officials in Texas are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you access to our website. Not only does this impinge on the rights of adults to access protected speech, it fails strict scrutiny by employing the least effective and yet also most restrictive means of accomplishing Texas's stated purpose of allegedly protecting minors. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, providing identification every time you want to visit an adult platform is not an effective 6:46 PM Mar 14, 2024 302.5K Views GingerSpice @thedesertginger Ted Cruz leaving after 1 night without PornHub. 10:56 AM · Mar 15, 2024 40.7K Views 6 from 2021 ... ok, devon @Kokokokokokoa Follow Pornhub banned, TikTok banned, the baconator meal cost $15. This the s--- they were talking about in revelations • 11:39 AM Mar 15, 2024 5,120 views •

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MCC1701
MCC1701

I swear bills are are made as obtuse to read as possible. Particularly relevant sections:
>A commercial entity that knowingly and intentionally publishes
or distributes material on an Internet website, including a social
media platform, more than one-third of which is sexual material
harmful to minors, shall use reasonable age verification methods as
described by Section 129B.003 to verify that an individual
attempting to access the material is 18 years of age or older.

Sec.A129B.003:
>A commercial entity … shall require an individual to … provide digital identification or comply with a commercial age verification system
that verifies age using… government-issued identification or a … method that relies on public or private transactional data.

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