Barriers to proving age on adult sites

Published: 10 November 2023
Last updated: 10 November 2023

Ofcom has commissioned a survey with UK internet users aged 16+ to understand their experiences of accessing pornographic content online and passing any age checks if encountered, as well as their attitudes towards proving their age on adult sites and how important different factors are to encourage them to comply.

We carried out this quantitative research in August/September 2023 with YouGov to expand on our knowledge following last year’s study about adult users' attitudes towards age verification on adult sites, with a focus this time in trust on age assurance measures as well as other identified knowledge gaps (e.g. whether VPN or the incognito browsing mode is used when accessing pornographic content online).

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