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16/03/2019 00:01 GMT | Updated 17/04/2019 17:03 BST

Most Brits Don't Know There's About To Be A 'Porn Block', Survey Shows

Under the rules, adults will have to prove they are of age to view the content.

Most Britons have no idea there is about to be a block on viewing online porn without official age verification, a survey has found.

More than three-quarters of respondents in a new study were not aware the new checks are set to be introduced in the UK.

It is hoped the long-delayed checks for commercial pornography websites, which are expected to come into force in April, will protect minors from accessing the material.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC), which classifies movies in the UK, will be the age verification regulator.

In a YouGov poll of 1,769 Britons – which included more than half who admitted to being regular pornography users – 76% said they were unaware of the incoming restrictions.

Two-thirds (67%) revealed they approve of the measures but only a third (34%) believe the so-called porn block will be effective.

Under the rules, adults will have to prove they are of age to view the content, a move critics argue could have implications for the privacy.

To access pornographic sites, people will have to use one of a number of options to prove they are 18 or over, such as an over the counter card they can buy from a shop or uploading ID documents online.

“Adult content is currently too easy to access online so introducing age verification is a world-leading step forward to give parents greater peace of mind and ensure commercial pornographic websites act responsibly,” Digital Minister Margot James MP has previously said on the matter.

The government is preparing to release a white paper on a range of online harms, which is expected to include legislative measures to make social networks more responsible for the content hosted on their platforms.

HuffPost UK reported recently on what will happen when the new laws are introduced on 1 April.

While campaigners have previously said the measures could prevent those with poor credit scores from accessing online porn altogether.