Consider somebody is running a Discord server that allows for NSFW content. They use the NSFW tag on the relevant channels, so as to defer to Discord's own "I am over 18" button for verification in order to access them. This is equivalent to every adult content site on the internet.
However, in discussing this with a friend, he has said that server "owners" are required by law to ask for ID to verify age. It was also mentioned that in the event a minor is exposed to adult content, then the server "owners" might be culpable, despite the compliance with Discord's ToS and employing the "I am over 18" check that other adult content sites use. I am aware of the Online Safety Bill, but that does not seem to be in effect yet and no adult content websites are asking for ID to UK users.
Are Discord server "owners" (note that this is not ownership in a property sense; it is more like an administrator or manager) required to ask for ID, then?
Update (07-Dec-2023): It's still not clear to me what the answer is. Looking at the Online Safety Act, it could be implies that server "owners" could be obliged to implement age verification. However, it is not clear who is really responsible here, since Discord offer their own mechanism for tagging NSFW content, and then use their own "I am over 18" button to allow access to it - this would seem to imply that Discord are responsible, but this is not clear, and it appears as though it could be interpreted both ways. Perhaps it is the case that either interpretation could be argued, and thus both the server "owner" and Discord should both be responsible for age verification - though clearly the lawyers advising adult content websites do not think there is any danger in sticking to the conventional "I am over 18" button, since they all still do this.