Neil Thurman

Professor of Communication
Department of Communication Studies and Media Research
LMU Munich

Neil Thurman

From the Blog

Back in 2018, some US news sites—like the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune—shut out EU visitors in order to comply with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My new study shows these temporary blocks had long-term negative effects on EU visitor numbers, even years later.

My new study shows displacement effects, circumvention, and legislative scope may limit the efficacy of French attempts to prevent under 18s accessing online pornography. The study has implications for legislators and regulators in democratic countries beyond France as they too grapple with the challenges of regulating online pornography. Furthermore, it extends the often contradictory and/or limited evidence that exists about adolescents' consumption of pornography.

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There is scant evidence about the media platforms and technologies young people use to access pornography, so my colleague Fabian Obster and I conducted a survey of 1,001 16- and 17-year-olds in the UK. Our findings support the Government’s move to regulate social media, but without an international approach and other countermeasures, it seems unlikely their proposals will offer a magic bullet.