Pornhub takes steps to counter images of rape and child porn

Pornhub no longer allows everyone to download videos. Also, only verified accounts in the New Year are allowed to upload videos to the platform. These steps come after criticism of an article by The New York Times. The newspaper wrote last weekend that there are a lot of videos on the porn site with rape and child pornography.

Pornhub is a kind of YouTube for the porn industry. Viewers can put their videos on the platform themselves. Much of the 6.8 million videos that end up on the platform every year were probably made with the permission of the adult actors, but some of them contain images of child pornography and rape.

Because it is difficult to determine whether a youthful person in a video is 14 or 18 years old, no one knows exactly which part of the videos is illegal. Unlike YouTube, the videos were until recently downloadable by users. As a result, the deleted rape videos are available to users who were able to repost the videos on the platform.

Now it is only possible for paying users to download videos. Uploading can only be done by partners of the website and persons who generate advertising revenue via the website.

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According to The New York Times, Pornhub earns money from the illegal videos. Pornhub contradicts that. But credit card companies Visa and Mastercard have decided to further investigate their relationship with the porn site. If it turns out that Pornhub is breaking the law, they will no longer cooperate with the site. Last year, Unilever decided to stop advertising after a fuss about a campaign of a subsidiary company on the site.

CCEit Stories made a special about revenge porn in the Netherlands last year. This showed that hundreds of people report intimate images that end up unsolicited on porn sites, such as Pornhub.