Sex News: The Stormy Daniels refund, UK age checks delayed, Trump’s pee troubles, social media screws sex workers

  • “The UK government has confirmed that a controversial compulsory age verification check for online porn visitors will no longer be introduced in April as planned. In a statement, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said it would now start “later in the year”. The regulator, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), has yet to explain how the process will work.”
    * Online porn age checks delayed in UK (BBC)
  • “Want to look at adult content? [Rhode Island Democratic state senators Frank Ciccone and Hanna Gallo’s] law would have you submit a request in writing that you be allowed to look at adult content, present identification proving that you are 18 or older, get a written warning about the dangers of being allowed to look at the unfiltered internet (which, as someone with a brain poisoned by too much online content, fair enough), and pay the state $20.”
    * Rhode Island Wants You to Apply, Pay $20 to Look at Porn (New York Magazine)

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  • “In a statement sent to Ars on Tuesday, Best Buy wrote that it continues to “discover what appears to be child pornography on customers’ computers nearly 100 times a year. Our employees do not search for this material; they inadvertently discover it when attempting to confirm we have recovered lost customer data.””
    * Best Buy defends practice of informing FBI about child porn it finds (Ars Technica)
  • “One morning last May, Melody Kush discovered that someone was using her Twitter photos to catfish people into paying for a Snapchat premium account that didn’t even exist. … She asked the imitator to stop; they refused, and blocked her. So she screenshotted the person’s snapcode and asked her 114,000-person Twitter following to report the account for her. The next day, her Twitter account was permanently deleted.”
    * Social Media Is Reshaping Sex Work—But Also Threatening It (WIRED)
  • “Following a successful sex tech hackathon in New York City last year, Bryony Cole of the Future of Sex Podcast is now bringing one to her native Australia. The weekend-long event will take place in Sydney from March 23 to March 25 at Academy Xi in the central business district. Participants will form teams to develop sex tech projects while receiving mentorship from industry leaders.”
    * Australia’s 1st Sex Tech Hackathon Seeks Women-identified Participants (Future of Sex)

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  • “As Capitol Hill backslides into dysfunction and bickering, the capital city is taking matters into its own hands to get work done: Washington, DC, might soon be the first US city to fully decriminalize sex work.”
    * DC May Soon Be the First US City to Decriminalize Sex Work (The Nation)
  • “In a letter obtained by CBS News, Clifford’s lawyer Michael Avenatti writes to Cohen that the porn star wants to nullify and void the nondisclosure agreement with the returned funds, thus allowing her to “speak openly and freely about her prior relationship with [Trump] and the attempts to silence her.” If the NDA is deemed void, she’ll also be allowed to publish, without fear of legal action, any text messages, photos or videos she has relating Mr. Trump.”
    * Stormy Daniels’ lawyer on potential Trump photos, texts, videos: “No comment” (CBS News)

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