Concern over easy access for young adults to internet porn? Government agencies in Australians do not seem to share it.
For the partly government-owned telecom giant Telstra has been caught selling amateur porn over the internet, without even bothering to go through the motion of making any age checks. One can download video clips of naked women sunbathing and even wrestling in jelly at just a dollar per clip.
AdvertisementThrough its website WotNext.com.au, Telstra shows footage with titles such as - My cousins sexy blonde girl fr, Bikini Pool side, 2 Topless Girls Swimming and Jelly Wrestling 2.
To make the soft porn easier to find, the site even highlights popular keywords such "babe", "breast, "sex", "stripper" and "topless".
Telstra launched WotNext in January, supposedly for bands to post their videos and boost their exposure. However eight of the 10 most-viewed clips involve women in states of undress.
The voyeuristic videos - free to view online - have been uploaded by users of the site who grab an equal share with Telstra of the $1 charge to download the clips on to a mobile phone.
However, Telstra said the website was not supposed to show porn and ordered a review into its content guidelines, when reporters sought the reaction of the management.
"Some of the current videos and the descriptions on WotNext are an unintended consequence of the user generated site and fall short of community expectations," spokesman Peter Taylor said.
"We share concerns by others and believe it has become a magnet for tasteless video graffiti and will be undertaking a prompt review of guidelines for posting content."
Family groups accused the telco of exploiting young internet users and demanded the new Rudd Government intervene.
"The film clips on the site treat young women as sex objects ... all delivered through a part-owned government communications provider," Women's Forum of Australia director Melinda Tankard Reist said.
"Any young woman viewing these clips gets the message all they're good for is to flaunt their bodies for boys."
Telstra, which is 17 per cent owned by the Federal Government and paid it about $600 million in dividends this year, does not specify in its financial reports how much money it makes from WotNext.
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