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Pornhub Videos Disappear After Site Cracks Down on Content

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If you’re a regular viewer of Pornhub videos, you may already know this. The site just took down millions of its user-generated clips.

Aficionados of Pornhub videos awoke to a shock this week. Some of their favorite “performers” were suddenly missing from the adult content website.

Pornhub removed approximately 10 million videos after it lost support from major credit card companies. The move, announced on Monday, reduced the number of Pornhub videos from some 13 million to just below 3 million. That represents about 77% of the user-generated content the site hosted.

Mastercard, Visa and Discover all stopped accepting payments on the platform recently over allegations that some user-generated videos might depict underage or unwilling persons. Most of the site on the content remained free to anyone who wanted to watch, which was enough of a worry for parents. But some content required payment to watch. It’s not clear from what I’ve read whether the allegedly illegal content was “free” or “paid.”

Uploaders must now be verified

But what is clear is that all users who upload adult content to the site going forward will have to undergo a verification process.

In a post on its site, the platform claims Facebook self-reported 84 million instances of child sexual abuse material over the last three years. That is an absolutely horrifying thought.

Meanwhile, the site says, the Internet Watch Foundation reported 118 incidents on Pornhub. Pornhub then rightly states that this is “still 118 too many.”

But the platform took time to throw a bit of shade, claiming the site was not targeted by the credit card companies because of policies or how they compare to their “peers,” but rather because of the adult content.

It threw a little more shade when mentioning the new requirement that anyone who submits content will have to be a verified “content partner.” It pointed out that requirement is one “Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter have yet to institute.”

Presumably, verification will provide contact information for uploaders. That means the platform will be able to trace those who upload content. When there’s a problem with that content, they could then pass that information to law enforcement.

You can’t argue with a process that might stop pornography that involves underage or unwilling persons. If implementing that process requires throwing a bit of shade, so be it.

It’s certainly worth a little shade if that will help eliminate that kind of illegal content.

1 Comment

  1. Oh, my. I’m not familiar with pornhub.com, but then, in a moment of introspective ness (many years ago), I realised porn is not truly designed for women. It may have its uses in any sexually mature relationship, but made for females? No. In fact, it never is.

    But this kind of porn is not for anyone. I realise there are plenty of people who may uh, become interested in it, but that speaks more about the differences in the minds of people than anything else. I can’t wrap my head around this. I don’t understand how it happens. I just know it is out there.

    Famous psychologist Sigmund Freud once said, “The only abnormal sexual behaviour is not to have any sex.” However, I don’t think he was considering this.

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