Pornhub Suspends Access in Texas Due to State’s Age-verification Law
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Pornhub Suspends Access in Texas Due to State’s Age-verification Law

Daniel Sobey-Harker
Daniel Sobey-Harker

With the Texas porn ban coming into effect we’ve decided to lend a hand to frustrated Texan residents.

Legal experts say a 5th Circuit decision to uphold part of a Texas law regulating adult entertainment websites conflicts with U.S. Supreme Court precedent regarding minors’ access to obscene material online.

While some may consider this a way to protect those under eighteen – we see it as a wider trend of the US government trying to censor and track online habits.

We have been watching this situation develop and will provide one of our aptly named Relief Codes to help out. Ladies and gentlemen - we've got you covered. Wink.


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Last year our reporter, Graham C, reached out to many involved in the legislation process. Seeking answers, Graham C was unable to find anyone with a clear idea of this law back in September. Over 10 state officials were asked but were unable to provide clear guidance on how this would take shape.

Due to the poor implementation, we now see how badly this is being rolled out. We imagine the first Texans knew about this ban was when they were attempting a little bit of self-care.

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One item of concern (among many) is that the very verification companies set to profit already have a history of donating to those that get them into that very position.

There have been multiple bribery scandals and controversies around those pushing for these verification checks.

This thread on Twitter covers many of the shady behaviors surrounding the enforcement of online verification.

This is why we're convinced these new laws and rules are simply motivated by profit.

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Windscribe, as you might guess by now, is committed to promoting freedom of information and expression worldwide.

We recognize that, in many regions, governmental censorship and restrictions limit public access to essential online resources, infringing on citizens' rights to freely access and distribute information. Therefore, we are releasing a "Relief code" to give these individuals an opportunity to bypass such censorship.

We believe that everyone deserves unfiltered access to the internet, enabling them to make informed decisions, stay connected with loved ones, openly express their views, and access accurate and timely news about local events, issues, and safety measures.

This Relief Code is our way of supporting the global community in circumventing ever-increasing internet restrictions and surveillance. To allow Syria to stay connected with the rest of the free world.

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Our relief codes are designed to help people in war-torn and oppressive areas, where private and secure access to information and communication channels is under genuine and immediate threat. Some people, however, see fit to abuse these codes despite not being from the affected region or involved in the conflict and seek to make a quick buck by reselling accounts.

If you aren't the target demographic for any of these codes, we ask that you don't use them for your own gain. If you are thinking about abusing them for your own gain, we ask that you take a good long look at yourself in the mirror and give yourself a stern talking to. If you still want to abuse them after this, then enjoy being a war profiteer, we guess?

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Daniel Sobey-Harker
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