US Senator Mike Lee, R-UT, has reintroduced a bill in the U.S. Senate that would make it federal law for all adult websites to verify their users' ages.
The bizarrely titled Shielding Children's Retinas from Egregious Exposure on the Net (SCREEN) Act
would require all pornography and adult entertainment websites with users in the United States to deploy reasonable age verification methods from third-party providers.
Supporters of the bill include software company Envoc, which provides ID
verification software and anti-porn groups, such as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, National Decency Coalition, Enough Is Enough, and Culture Reframed.
House Representative Mary Miller, R-Ill., introduced a companion bill in the House
of Representatives. The SCREEN Act requires the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforce elements of the bill that would require a porn site, like Pornhub, xHamster, and Xvideos, to verify ages. FTC is also required to conduct regular audits of the
parent companies affected by the act to ensure compliance and to promulgate rules based on the statutes of the bill if it were to become law.
The SCREEN Act competes with the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). This requires an expansive overhaul of trust
and safety protocols for web platforms. If adopted into law, KOSA would require Congress to coordinate with the executive branch, namely the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to review the benefits and shortcomings of nationwide age
verification requirements for websites.