Pornhub removes almost 9 million sex videos – the reason

Pornhub is responding to days of allegations that the porn video platform is running videos that show child rape, revenge porn or particularly violent acts. According to a report by Vice, Pornhub has removed 8.8 million of its 13.5 million porn videos so far, leaving only 4.7 million porn videos left (as of Monday morning).

The deleted porn would be all porn uploaded by unverified users.

According to Vice, anyone accessing one of the removed videos via a link that is still there will see this text: “Video has been flagged for verification in accordance with our trust and safety policy.”

Pornhub is under pressure mainly because Mastercard and Visa refuse to continue to be available to pay for Pornhub’s paid content. It was a report in the New York Times that started the avalanche rolling on 4 December 2020.

In the future, only verified users or official content partners or participants in the “Model Program” will be allowed to upload videos. Moreover, only videos of such verified users will be available online. Pornhub’s decision also applies retroactively, as the platform states here.

Pornhub emphasises that all the content still available now would come exclusively from verified users. This is not currently the case with Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat or Twitter, as Pornhub officials write.

According to Vice, the 8.8 million deleted videos also include the most-clicked amateur film to date, which had achieved 29 million views by then. In the meantime, however, the number of existing porn videos is said to have risen again to 7.2 million, as Vice reports.

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