British Board of Film Classification

British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) is the principle "censor" for UK media including films and, to some extent, video games.

Porn censorship and Age Verification

The Digital Economy Bill 2017 proposes that an Age Verification Regulator is created to oversee the use of Age verification tools by UK adults to access pornography.

They are also granted enforcement powers including administrative blocking powers to force UK ISPs to hinder access to non-compliant sites based overseas.

The government refers to the BBFC as the to-be designated regulator, although the bill has not yet been passed and no formal decision has been taken.

Mobile Content

In July 2013 the BBFC took over from the Independent Mobile Classification Board in providing the framework for mobile operators to apply filter classification.[1]

BBFC appeals
Period Sites assessed Restrictions upheld
Sep 2013 - Feb 2014 15 2
Mar 2014 - May 2014 12 3
Jun 2014 - Aug 2014 5 1
Sep 2014 - Nov/Dec 2014 10 5
Dec 2014 - May 2015 12 3



  1. BBFC replaces the Independent Mobile Classification Board (IMCB) as the regulation framework provider for mobile internet content, BBFC, 2013-07-01