Online dating government regulation
Online dating is now so important to the UK economy that the Office of National Statistics recently added online dating to its basket of goods and services to calculate UK inflation rates.
For this feature, we interviewed more than a dozen dating websites, representing more than five million members (although it should be noted that most people using a dating website will set up a profile with more than one company).
Mr Jackman says the Digital Economy Bill was based on a perceived societal problem with pornography but in actual fact we do not fully understand the effects of online porn yet, just like we don’t with social media. instead of debating how and where it is consumed, these are just societal questions that the government has gone straight to the censor baton instead of actually engaging with the concern.” The bill also “risks stigmatising certain communities” Mr Jackman says citing the example of vaginal and anal fisting which are legal activities “across all ranges of sexualities and genders”.
However, it is not quite clear whether this falls under the extreme pornography guidelines (it would previously have been banned under the BBFC guidelines).
Guidelines rather than legislation, but it’s a good start.
Cracking down on scammers who use websites to empty the pockets of the desperate and dateless.
Most people recognize the absurdity of trying to regulate romantic relationships.
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Globally, one in five relationships now starts online and the media is full of stories describing happy marriages which started with the click of a mouse.
Looking at it from a financial perspective, its estimated that globally the industry is worth more than £2bn.