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Online porn block will catch Britons on the hop: survey

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Market research and data analytics firm YouGov claims 75% of Britons do not know that their government will put curbs on accessing online pornography from April onwards – and those who are aware of it, think the government's attempts will fail.

From next month onwards, Britons who visit porn sites will have to verify they are above the age of 18, with the sites being required to put systems in place for this purpose.

They will have to use a driving licence, credit card, passport or mobile SMS to confirm their age.

YouGov said additionally, age verification cards would be available in shops for the same purpose.

The company said it had found that 76% of the 1769 adults surveyed were unaware of the restriction taking effect in April. And among those who were unaware were 53% of the more frequent porn viewers, people who viewed it daily or every few days.

The survey found that two-thirds approved of the change, though that number fell among the more avid porn watchers. Twenty-eight percent of those who watched porn every day or most days backed the curbs, while among those who looked at it from once to thrice a week the figure was 48%.

Among those who indulged less frequently — once a month — 68% supported the government move.

But asked whether the measure would succeed, only 34% felt it would be effective in preventing under-18s from accessing porn. The case was similar for those who supported the move, with 46% of the opinion that it would work.

The detailed results of the survey are here.

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