Why We Believe In Verification Without Censorship
Many who oppose the recent Digital Economy Act in the UK liken it to censorship. It is easy to see it that way from a surface perspective, but when you take a closer look, you might come to see that it could actually prevent censorship in the future. When everyone looking at adult content is actually verified to be a consenting adult, there will be less ground to stand on for those who would seek to censor certain types of content.
Verification is different than censorship. Verification opens a gateway for those who are actually supposed to be the ones viewing adult material whether it is online porn, gambling or alcoholic sales. It means that they can browse safely and easily, without having to worry about if someone unintended is going to stumble onto their history or accidentally rack up a bunch of debt by clicking when they don’t really know what they’re doing. It makes a lot of sense.
In order to log into your bank account online you must verify some things about yourself so that your finances don’t fall into the wrong hands. Think of this similarly to that. In order to look at adult materials online, you have to verify that you are eligible to look at it. It’s much in the same way that they might check your ID at the door of a nightclub or bar to make sure you are of age. It’s meant to protect the young ones and the ones who simply do not want to see this type of thing.
Verification helps everyone stay safe online. We don’t tend to see it as a tool for censorship, more as a tool for safety which makes browsing the web during your down time more fun and carefree.
In fact, one can easily imagine a world with less censorship once we can honestly say that everyone accessing a certain site has already been age verified as an adult. All the arguments that content should be censored become weak when adult can simply assert their right to choose what they wish to consume while simultaneously removing the specter of access by minors with a simple age verification system in place via AVSecure.