GENTLEMEN'S PUBLISHER Playboy has fallen afoul of the UK communications watchdog Ofcom because it did not do enough to stop children from viewing pornographic material.
Ofcom said that it has fined Playboy because two of its websites acted as gateways to hardcore content without having "acceptable controls" in place to ensure that users were of legal viewing age, 18 or over.
"Ofcom concluded that Playboy's failure to protect children from potentially accessing these sites was serious, repeated and reckless," it said in a statement
The two websites, Playboy TV and Demand Adult, did not ask for credit card information, said Ofcom, meaning that they breached UK rules governing the suitability of paid-for content.
Playboy did ask for debit card information, but since these can be used by people under the age of 18, unlike credit cards, this was seen as not good enough.
The homepage of Demand Adult displayed hardcore pornographic material that could be viewed by clicking on a button labelled "Enter I am over 18". In order to access additional paid for content, users could pay using a debit card. Neither of these controls constitutes an effective age verification system.
"In order to access the website's hardcore pornographic material users could register using a debit card, which is not an effective age verification system," it said.
The two channels share a fine of £100,000. µ