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Pornhub has removed most of its content (millions of explicit videos) uploaded by unverified users as part of a series of changes following allegations that the site was showing videos of child abuse and non-consensual sexual behavior.
in a blog post on monday, the website said it had “enacted the most comprehensive safeguards on user-generated platform history,” including banning unverified uploaders from adding new content, removing the ability to download most videos, and eliminating all pre-uploaded content that was not created by Pornhub content partners or members of its adult artist network.

The changes brought the number of videos on the website from 13.5 million videos to just under three million. In the future, content creators must be verified through the Pornhub process which involves uploading a photo of themselves with their username.

A Thai protester wears a Pornhub hat during a demonstration in front of the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society after the ministry banned the adult website on Tuesday in Bangkok, Thailand. (Lauren DeCicca / Getty)

The Canada-based website criticized other social media websites, writing that “every piece of content on Pornhub comes from verified uploaders, a requirement that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat, and Twitter have yet to establish. “.

“In today’s world, all social media platforms share the responsibility to combat illegal material,” Pornhub stated.

“Solutions must be driven by real facts and real experts. We hope we have demonstrated our dedication to leading by example.”

Pornhub was the target of a New York Times report earlier this month that led large credit card companies to prevent customers from using their credit cards to make purchases on the website.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof described recordings on the Pornhub website of assaults on unconscious women and girls, including a nude video of a 14-year-old girl.

He wrote that Pornhub allows videos to be downloaded directly from their site, leaving room for the content to spread and reload on the internet even after it has been removed.

Pornhub denied the allegations, stating that any claim that it allows child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on its platform is “irresponsible and blatantly false.”

“Due to the nature of our industry, people’s preconceived notions about Pornhub’s values ​​and processes often differ from reality, but it is counterproductive to ignore the facts related to such a serious topic as CSAM,” Pornhub said in a statement. prior to CNN Business.

“We have zero tolerance for CSAM. Pornhub is unequivocally committed to fighting CSAM and has instituted an industry-leading security and trust policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.”

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