Louisiana residents will need public ID to access porn online

It’s the first week of 2023. This week can mean a lot to dif­fer­ent peo­ple, whether it’s revis­it­ing a long-held New Year’s res­o­lu­tion or mak­ing plans to reach your goals this year.

For Louisiana res­i­dents, it also means hav­ing to ver­i­fy your age when access­ing porn online.

On Jan­u­ary 1, a new state law (PDF, cour­tesy of Moth­er­board) took effect that requires users to prove they are over the age of 18 for web­sites that con­tain a “sub­stan­tial por­tion” of “mate­r­i­al harm­ful to minors.”

Under the new law, a “sub­stan­tial part” is defined as 33.3% or more of a web­site’s con­tent. As Giz­mo­do points out, Porn­hub, Youporn and Red­tube already require vis­i­tors to ver­i­fy their age.

Web­sites that host con­tent that could be con­sid­ered porno­graph­ic must imple­ment “rea­son­able age ver­i­fi­ca­tion meth­ods,” such as requir­ing users to present gov­ern­ment-issued or dig­i­tized IDs.

Porn­hub, Youporn and Red­tube have opt­ed to require vis­i­tors to prove their age using the LA Wal­let app, a dig­i­tal wal­let app for dri­ver’s licenses.

A video post­ed to Twit­ter shows how Porn­hub uses the app to check a user’s age.

Advances in tech­nol­o­gy, the spread of the Inter­net, restric­tions on age ver­i­fi­ca­tion, etc., have allowed minors to come into con­tact with pornog­ra­phy at a younger age.

Pornog­ra­phy con­tributes to hyper­sex­u­al­i­ty in ado­les­cents, which can lead to low self-esteem, impaired body image, increased prob­lem­at­ic sex­u­al behav­ior among young peo­ple, and increased desire for risky sex­u­al behav­ior dur­ing adolescence.

Pornog­ra­phy also affects the devel­op­ment and func­tion of the brain, caus­es emo­tion­al and med­ical ill­ness­es, cre­ates deviant sex­u­al arousal, makes it dif­fi­cult to form and main­tain good inti­mate rela­tion­ships, and caus­es problems.

It can pro­mote behav­ioral, harm­ful sex­u­al behav­iors and addiction.”

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