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Blocking of porn sites: Internet users will be redirected to the CSA site

A decree specifies the modalities concerning the blocking of certain pornographic sites, if they do not correctly verify the age of Internet users. Internet service providers will have to redirect them to the CSA site.

It is a timely publication. While a judgment from the Paris judicial court is due on October 8 on the blocking of the main pornographic sites, accused of being far too accessible to minors, the government has published in the Official Journal a decree detailing the implementation of the measures to protect minors from accessing X sites.

The decree, the release of which has been reported on social media, sets the measures that ISPs must take to comply with court decisions prohibiting access to a particular adult site – in particular PornHub, YouPorn and Xvideos, the heavyweights in the sector, who are targeted in the appeal of the two associations for the protection of children, e-Enfance and La Voix de l’Enfant.

Blocking of X sites in France with DNS

The decree provides that operators must proceed with this blocking ” by any appropriate means, in particular by using the domain name blocking protocol (DNS) “. In other words, the main strategy is to block the web addresses of X sites – a basic method, easy to set up, which requires very few resources, but which is easy to circumvent.

One way to stop being filtered by DNS is to change the default DNS configuration of your PC. Instead of using the settings provided by your ISP, you can opt for third-party DNS resolvers that are beyond the scope of the instructions in the decree. The more resourceful people can even build their own DNS resolver, but that usually won’t be the case.

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Pornhub is a site particularly exposed by these blocking measures, given its audience. // Source: Pornhub

Modifying the DNS is a practice that is all the simpler (and teachable) since it is already used, on a smaller scale, to access other websites blocked by court decision – this is the case in particular for sites illegal downloading. With the X sites targeted, we can expect an explosion of tutorials on the subject on the net.

Internet users will be redirected to the CSA website

But the blocking of sites by DNS is only part of what is provided for in the decree. It is also a question of redirecting Internet users wishing to visit the neutralized sites ” to an information page of the Superior Audiovisual Council indicating the reasons for the blocking measure “. The CSA site (which will soon become the Arcom) will therefore be the point of departure for all Internet users wishing to access Pornhub et Cie.

This redirection will give the CSA webmaster a cold sweat. You have to keep in mind that this institutional site, with modest traffic (it is classified in the depths of audience measurement tools), will end up absorbing all French Internet users visiting Pornhub, one of the most popular sites. visited in the world. And that’s just Pornhub. All the other X sites targeted must be added to this redirection.

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The CSA website.

Even assuming that the information page to be displayed is as clean and light as possible, so that it is very easy to load, even imagining that the infrastructures are resized accordingly, it is doubtful whether the CSA will manage to keep up. load of such a redirect. It is just like re-routing the Amazon River and its enormous flow on a small country river.

The decree finally gives the CSA the capacity ” adopt guidelines on the reliability of technical procedures to ensure that users wishing to access pornographic content of an online communication service to the public are of full age “. There is indeed a debate, unresolved to date, on how to verify the age of Internet users visiting an X site.

Today, many porn sites display a home page asking the user to declare on their honor that they are indeed eighteen years old. And, obviously, everyone is eighteen on the Internet. This page is objectively not able to verify anything. From then on, solutions were put forward: purchase of a porn pass in store, control by bank card. FranceConnect has even been mentioned.

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