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Porn block; Margot James apologises for delay

London: Minister of State for Digital and the Creative Industries Margot James has apologised for the six-month delay on the so-called “porn block”, which had been due to take effect on Monday.

It is designed to force pornography websites to verify users are over 18.

But the law has been delayed twice – most recently because the UK government failed to properly notify European regulators.

“I’m extremely sorry that there has been a delay,” Ms James told the BBC. “I know it sounds incompetent.”

She added: “Mistakes do happen, and I’m terribly sorry that it happened in such an important area,”

Under the proposed rules, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) would supervise the compulsory age checks. Websites which fail to comply would be blocked by internet service providers.

(With inputs from BBC)

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