Pornhub Bans User Uploads Following New York Times Investigation

Pornhub has announced new “trust and safety” measures after facing criticism over hosting abusive and illegal content.

Pornhub has announced new “trust and safety” measures after facing criticism over hosting abusive and illegal content.

Pornhub will now prohibit uploads from unverified users after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported on child sexual abuse content being hosted on the site. 

Kristof said that some of the content in Pornhub “probably involve consenting adults, but many depict child abuse and non-consensual violence.”

“Our core values such as inclusivity, freedom of expression, and privacy are only possible when our platform is trusted by our users. Every online platform has the moral responsibility to join this fight, and it requires collective action and constant vigilance,” announced Pornhub. 

Pornhub added that the site will only allow properly identified users to upload content and have banned free downloading.

Pornhub specified that only content partners and people who earn ad revenue from their videos will be able to upload videos to the site.

“In the new year, we will implement a verification process so that any user can upload content upon successful completion of identification protocol,” said Pornhub.

MasterCard and Visa have also launched a probe into their links with the site and warned the parent company, MindGeek if they found out that the site is breaching laws. 

American investor and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has already asked Visa and Mastercard to join PayPal, which stopped providing payment services for Pornhub last year.


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