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Amazon UK under fire for listing hardcore porn DVDs in ‘dad gifts’ search

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UNITED KINGDOM, November 27, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Amazon UK users deciding what to get their fathers for Christmas found an unpleasant surprise recently as a simple search for the phrase “dad gifts” turned up hardcore pornography.

The search terms brought up a DVD titled “Dad Is F*****g my Girlfriend” from a third-party seller, The Sun reports, stoking fears that young users could accidentally be exposed to obscene material via innocent searches.

“In amongst the usual stuff like BBQ utensils, car manuals, gardening gift sets and funny T-shirts which say 'Grumpy old git', or 'No 1 dad' novelty mugs was this sex film,” James Lock, a father of two who was exploring gift ideas for his own father, said. “My two kids go on Amazon a lot to look for toys and ideas for presents to write on their letter to Father Christmas. I hate to think what would have happened if they'd found this DVD themselves.”

“Completely gobsmacked that one of the world's biggest retailers sells porn so blatantly,” Gina Morris added on Facebook.

Amazon UK removed the DVD after being contacted by The Sun, assuring customers the “product in question is no longer available” and claiming that pornograpy is “not permitted” on the online marketplace in the first place, let alone accessible via such an innocuous search. But the British paper reports that “thousands” of erotic DVDs still show up just by searching “porn film.”

A search for “dad gifts” on the American version of Amazon’s Movies & TV category simply brings up mainstream films and television series, but a search for “porn” brings up a variety of so-called “adult movies.” Amazon claims it allows “unrated erotic videos and DVDs” but bans “pornography” and “X-rated movies” that “portray nudity in a gratuitous or graphic manner.” It doesn’t explain what distinguishes “erotic videos” from “pornography.”

The Sun notes that ever since a High Court ruling in 2005, sale of porn in the UK has been banned from online and mail-order retailers, and confined to licensed shops that can verify in person that a customer is at least 18 years old.

Last year, Amazon made the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s “Dirty Dozen” list for selling “hardcore pornographic films and magazines, books featuring collections of eroticized child nudity, sex dolls (many with childlike features), and more.”

The online shopping giant has also flouted traditional morality and pro-family customers by partnering with the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center to vet charities for “hate,” promoting LGBT Pride Month via its Alexa smart speaker, and producing the pro-abortion film This Is Jane.

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