At VPNBase we take the UK Porn Ban seriously. Likely to cause many new VPN users in the UK, we’ve been covering the latest developments on the upcoming UK Porn Ban. If you’d like to read more, click here or here.

A Quick Refresher On The UK Porn Ban

In April, the British government will be rolling out a nationwide age verification system that will bar entry to porn websites to underage users. Although it has been given the moniker "Porn Ban", the official intent is only to shield young eyes from lurid smut. Think of the children.

MindGeek is the company offering up the age verification system. If you haven’t heard of MindGeek, you might know of some of their subsidiaries: PornHub, YouPorn, and RedTube. With MindGeek’s AgeID system in place, randy users will have to first create a username and password account connected to an official piece of identification. This means browsers will have to link their porn account with a document such as their passport or credit card.

Most Brits Don't Know The Ban Is Coming

Despite the radical shift that is about to take place for British internet users, it seems that most of the UK is none the wiser. A recent YouGov poll highlights that the vast majority of Brits are completely unaware of the upcoming porn ban, including a majority of the UK’s most consistent porn users.

Across the 1769 British citizens surveyed, 76% were completely unaware that any porn ban was being introduced. Of the most frequent porn viewers – daily users – over half (53%) were unaware of the upcoming ban.

Banning Porn In Brexit's Shadow

Anyone that has been following the news in the UK wouldn’t be surprised to know that there’s pretty much only one story making headlines in the past year - Brexit. With Brexit on the horizon, an issue like the UK Porn Ban has faded into the background.

Interestingly, the Leave and Remain divide segregating Britain further by the day does not apply to opinions relating to the UK Porn Ban. Although a slightly higher percentage of Remainers were aware of the ban (27% vs 24%), beliefs as to the ban’s effectiveness were similar with Remainers being a tad more skeptical. A total of 52% of Britons don’t believe the ban will be effective (57% Remainers and 53% Leavers).

Pertinent to ask is that even under the shadow of Brexit, is there a deeper reason why such a huge swathe of the country is unaware of the UK Porn Ban. With the most critical of commentators arguing this is the canary in the coal mine for free speech legislation, is it surprising that such a move is going widely unpublicized?