Pornhub Now Blocks All Users in Utah

Pornhub has completely disabled its websites for users in Utah.

The move comes in response to a new law that requires porn sites to verify users’ ages.

Anyone accessing Pornhub from a Utah-based IP address won’t see the usual homepage, but instead will be greeted by adult performer Cherie DeVille explaining that they can’t visit the site.

DeVille says, “As you may know, your elected officials in Utah are requiring us to verify your age before allowing you to access our website. While safety and compliance are at the forefront of our mission, giving your ID card every time you want to visit an adult platform is not the most effective solution for protecting our users, and in fact, will put children and your privacy at risk.”

DeVille continues, “In addition, mandating age verification without proper enforcement gives platforms the opportunity to choose whether or not to comply. As we’ve seen in other states, this just drives traffic to sites with far fewer safety measures in place. Very few sites are able to compare to the robust Trust and Safety measures we currently have in place. To protect children and user privacy, any legislation must be enforced against all platforms offering adult content. The safety of our users is one of our biggest concerns. We believe that the best and most effective solution for protecting children and adults alike is to identify users by their device and allow access to age-restricted materials and websites based on that identification. Until a real solution is offered, we have made the difficult decision to completely disable access to our website in Utah.”

Deville then explains, “Please contact your representatives before it is too late and demand device-based verification solutions that make the internet safer while also respecting your privacy.”

The new law, SB 287: Online Pornography Viewing Age Requirements, was signed into law in March and will go into effect today.

Experts say age verification doesn’t work to protect children online and works to drive material that is harmful to minors to less safe spaces on the internet, exposing adults to more risk of identity theft, private data hacks and extortion.