Pornhub Takes Down All Content Uploaded By Unverified Users

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Pornhub Takes Down All Content Uploaded By Unverified Users

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Pornhub has suspended all videos on its website that have not been uploaded by its content partners or verified models on its platform. As a result, just days after Mastercard and Visa stopped processing transactions with the site, a significant amount of content disappears from the site from adult video streaming sites over allegations that they hosted videos that are sexual Show child abuse and other illegal content.

Pornhub removed all of the videos uploaded by unverified users from its website and deleted a large chunk of them … [+] of its content.

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Pornhub now only allows uploads from verified users, including adult movie studios and verified models, the company said in a blog post.

Pornhub claimed this was a stricter policy than YouTube, TikTok, Facebook, Twitter, and other major social platforms.

According to Pornhub, videos uploaded by unverified users have been removed pending a review and review process that will begin in the new year.

This means that a significant amount of the content on the adult streaming site will soon be disappearing.

Currently, paused videos display a message that the video has been marked for review according to the company’s “Trust and Security Policy”.

Monday morning’s content cleanup had reduced the number of videos available on the site from 13.5 million to 4.7 million, according to Vice’s motherboard.

Key background

Earlier this month, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that Pornhub found videos featuring “child rape, revenge pornography, spycam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women suffocated in plastic bags,” monetized. In his play, Kristof cited examples of videos on the website of girls between the ages of 9 and 15 being sexually assaulted. Pornhub responded to the allegations by banning unverified users from uploading or downloading content from the site and promising to step up its moderation efforts. Despite the changes, Mastercard and Visa announced that they would stop processing payments for the website. Visa took it a step further, banning all transitions with Pornhub parent company Mindgeek’s sites, including Redtube, Youporn, XTube, and Brazzers. A group of bipartisan Senators, led by Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Also tabled a bill last week to allow victims of crimes such as revenge porn, sex trafficking, and sexual assault to shut down sites like Pornhub for hosting illegal content sue you.

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One of the top online campaigns calling for action against Pornhub, Traffickinghub, is backed by a Christian group called Exodus Cry, which aims to get rid of porn and oppose the decriminalization of sex work, Vice reported in September. Following recent actions by payment companies, various sex workers and adult filmmakers have raised concerns about losing their income and targeting other smaller adult websites.

further reading

Mastercard, Visa Cut Off Pornhub After Indicting Illegal Content (Forbes)

Pornhub has just deleted all unverified content from the platform (motherboard)