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The investigation that forced Pornhub to download a third of its content


The investigation that forced Pornhub to download a third of its content

Pornhub is one of the most visited video platforms in the world.

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It is one of the largest and most popular video platforms in the world, with billions of visits every year.

But nevertheless, Pornhub announced this Monday a considerable reduction in its offer, after suspending access to more than two-thirds of the videos in its catalog.

The well-known adult page announced that it will only allow viewing of videos that have been made by verified content providers.

In practice, it represents a significant reduction in its offer – up to two thirds of its content, according to some media estimates – since the most his videos come from members of your community whose identity is not has been checked.

In addition, Pornhub announced that it will incorporate an identification system for its regular users by the end of the year.

“That means that each piece of content on Pornhub will be verified by whoever uploads it, a requirement that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter have not yet established,” the company noted on its blog.

But, why is this decision that reduces your service so drastically?

Investigation and complaints

Pornhub’s announcement comes as a result of a controversy started by an investigation in The New York Times what He reported that searches on that website returned thousands of results showing underage girls.

Its author, Nicholas Kristof, also had the stories of various rape and abuse victims who had found videos of their assaults online.

Pornhub poster
Pornhub charges for access to its Premium content. (Photo: Getty Images)

Previously, in early 2020, an investigation the BBC revealed the case from a woman she discovered on Pornhub the video of her rape as a 14 year old girl.

Kristof’s article asked why banks, search engines and credit card companies supported Pornhub – given the accusations against the platform – and mentioned Mastercard as an example, a company that initiated an investigation and decided to cut the ties with this platform shortly after.

Visa has also suspended payments with its cards on Pornhub and has agreed to conduct a similar investigation.

The decision of Mastercard and Visa can have a significant impact because, although there is a free version, Pornhub charges $ 9.99 per month for access to your exclusive content and a higher quality videos.

Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, had previously called the allegations against the company “irresponsible and blatantly false.”

Pornhub attributes the accusations against it to the fact that it is a porn site.

“It is clear that Pornhub is being attacked not because of our policies or because of how we compare ourselves to our peers, but because we are an adult content platform,” said those responsible.


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