Is it legally required to hide written content containing sex and violence from minors?
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Your website's terms of service agreement should speak to the issue of limiting access to the website to minors. It should also address the steps you will take to limit access. Other areas should also be covered. A lawyer familiar with Internet issues and sites offering mature themes and sexually explicit materials online should be able to offer you solid guidance here. These are issues regulated by federal law and possibly state law as well. Do not delay. You should arrange a consultation with an experienced cyber lawyer immediately. Good luck.
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Yes, you should limit the viewers to those over 18 in your TOS. A properly written TOS should allow you to absolve yourself of all liability.
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