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Pornhub announces measures against prohibited content

Pornhub announces measures against prohibited content

Pornhub, one of the world’s largest pornographic websites, announced a series of measures against illegal footage on the platform on Tuesday.

The action is a response to an article in The New York Times. That newspaper revealed that many of the 6.8 million videos posted on Pornhub each year feature underage sexual abuse and involuntary sex.

The newspaper also pointed out the problem that users can download videos directly from the website, so anyone can re-upload deleted illegal content. “Today we are taking important steps to better protect our community,” said Pornhub in a post on the website. “In the future we will only allow properly identified users to publish content.”

According to Pornhub, from now on only partners of the website and people who generate advertising income through the website can upload videos. “In the New Year we will be introducing a review process so that any user can upload content once the identification process has been successfully completed,” said the company, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, and conduct its tax affairs in Luxembourg. The ability to download videos remains, according to Pornhub, but only for paying users. It also states that videos are better monitored by moderators.

On Monday, credit card companies Mastercard and Visa opened an investigation into their connections with Pornhub, assuring that they would cut ties with parent company MindGeek if the site was found to be in breach of the law.

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