Pornhub accused of hosting videos of rape and child abuse

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Adult content website, Pornhub says it will ban unverified video uploads going forward after accusations that it has been hosting child abuse videos.

‘Going forward, we will only allow properly identified users to upload content. We have banned downloads,’ the company said in a statement.

The development came after a New York Times report accused the pornographic website of being ‘infested’ with videos of rape and underage sex.

The report alleged that among the 6.8million new videos posted on the website each year, a majority ‘probably involve consenting adults, but many depict child abuse and non-consensual violence.’

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‘[The] site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags,’ the Nytimes report, written by Nicholas Kristof, said

Pornhub, a website owned by tech company Mindgeek,  has denied the accusation, claiming that the New York Times claims were “irresponsible and flagrantly untrue”.

Before the New York Times investigation, activists from various groups including, Not Your Porn accused Pornhub of allowing users to upload hardcore and extreme pornography without sufficient identity checks and to ensure videos were consensual.

Pornhub, one of the world’s largest adult content websites, said it will make changes.

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

Soon after the New York Times report, credit card company Mastercard said it will permanently block the use of its cards on Pornhub. Visa said it will suspend payments pending the outcome of its investigation.

Last year, the porn site which reportedly attracts 100 million users a day, was also accused of hosting videos by the amateur porn specialist GirlsDoPorn – a company that offered girls being featured in porn “for the first and only time.”  A San Diego court even heard evidence that the videos were made using dishonesty and abuse, the Guardian reported. The official GirlsDoPorn page was not removed from Pornhub until October, although the court began hearing evidence in August. Its videos were still being found on Pornhub months later, according to Vice.

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