Californians and AB3080

California has introduced a new internet bill, The Parent’s Accountability and Child Protection Act (AB3080), which would require age verification for websites that contain material that is illegal to make available to minors, including sites that publish adult content for commercial gain.

This law would not affect the OTW and AO3 because of our nonprofit status. However, that doesn’t mean the bill is ok. As OTW Legal previously noted with regard to KOSA, age verification would detrimentally affect the ability to be anonymous or pseudonymous online and introduce serious risks to users’ privacy and security. Also concerning is the fact that bills such as this can result in de facto censorship for all internet users, as the cost to websites of age verification could put many sites out of business.

If you live in California and are concerned about this bill, Defend Online Privacy has made it easy to contact California legislators to let them know you oppose internet age verification mandates. You can also read the text of the bill for yourself.

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  1. professional anti commented:

    my hottest take is that i think age verification for 18+ content is an extremely good thing, actually. i know so many people who’s mental health has been absolutely ruined by exposure to adult content at such a young age.

    • professional anti commented:

      what i’m trying to say is — you’re not being “censored” for writing or drawing porn. the issue is that it is so easily accessible to extremely young kids. this is an extremely prevalent issue in fan spaces that are supposedly created for children — see my little pony, sofia the first, and other children’s cartoons. it shouldn’t be problematic to want there to be some rules of who can and can’t access that content.

      • Tired commented:

        What do you think the purpose of the “this contains adult content are you 18+” page is?

        Yes minors can lie. But do you really think having to grab mom’s ID and upload it themselves is that big of a challenge for a child who wants to access stuff they know they shouldn’t? Requiring a persons id to be stored online is a breach of privacy. And it IS censorship. Censorship is not only banning certain content, it is making it harder or impossible to access. Countries with bans on homosexuality, or even states with bans on transgender people can request the stored information on those accessing LGBT content.

        In an ideal world, yes, requiring ID would be fine. But this world is far from ideal, and the answer is not as simple as requiring IDs. This “solution” will cause more harm than good.

      • who's paying you to be an anti then? commented:

        absolutely rancid and rotting take, actually. First heard it circa 2007 tbh. Was absolutely done tolerating it at all by 2009, as those espousing it never once wanted to tolerate me even existing.

        “Protect the children!” you cry, not caring about the children who will be harmed by taking away access to legitimate informational resources about sex and abuse. Because that’s always one of the first results when these things happen. Oh and the dirty, dirty Queers, gotta protect everyone from THEM too. God Forbid our queer children know themselves and don’t commit suicide early, removing them from being the Problem for us Good God Fearing Folk. They contaminate EVERYTHING after all.

        This take can fuck off.

      • Also tired commented:

        Considering your username is “professional anti”, I highly suspect that you’re a troll. A BAD troll, at that.

        Even though you are a troll, I will put this here for those who genuinely do think things like this: Just know that if you’re not a cishet white-abled male, bills like this target you and everyone like you. These bills are NEVER actually about “protecting the children” or about porn itself, and it’s comical to even think they ever once were.

  2. Concerned Californian commented:

    1 in 8 US residents — 39 million people live in California. Many of the big Internet sites are headquartered there. This won’t affect only Californians.

    And who showed up and spoke at Assembly Standing Committee meeting? For one, The Family Policy Alliance, an organization that writes on its website, “countless Americans oppose the contentious crusade of LGBTQ+ activists to elevate false forms of sexuality”.

    Would this bill stop kids from finding porn on the Internet if they want to? No. Am I worried for my own child if it doesn’t pass? No, accessing paid porn isn’t like tripping over a log, it takes work. Would it be a chilling effect on adults accessing legal material? Yes. Am I worried about privacy and a slippery slope regarding other controversial material? Yes.

    I wrote to my Assembly member. I do not want California to be the next Florida.