Pornhub Illegal Content

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Pornhub obliges users to identify themselves through third-party providers
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Pornhub allows new users to upload videos. The company had temporarily suspended the function. Now it is returning alongside a new upload identification requirement. The move comes after Pornhub came under criticism at the end of last year for its handling of content showing abuse. The New York Times, for example, criticized the pornography platform in a column for not doing enough to crack down on the distribution of abusive content.

Users who want to upload content must now verify themselves - the platform uses a solution from a third-party provider, namely the London-based company Yoti. Users have to upload a recent photo and an official photo ID, as well as a video or voice recording of themselves.

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Pornhub deletes over 10 million videos after Mastercard and Visa cut ties
Pornhub deletes over 10 million videos after Mastercard and Visa cut ties
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The site made the announcement days after Discover, Mastercard, and Visa all stopped accepting payments from Pornhub over concerns the platform was hosting thousands of child porn and rape video clips. In its defense, Pornhub is questioning why the child porn controversy is threatening its business when illegal videos continue to circulate on mainstream social media sites such as Facebook. However, the founder of TraffickingHub, Laila Mickelwait, has long argued that Pornhub often ignored the child porn videos on its site, leaving victims to suffer while it profits from the traffic.

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Pornhub: Visa and Mastercard discontinue business relations
Pornhub: Visa and Mastercard discontinue business relations
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Visa and Mastercard opened investigations and put MindGeek's business relationship under scrutiny on Monday after a New York Times report indicated that child abuse and non-consensual sexual violence videos had been published on Pornhub.

According to the New York Times, Mastercard stated on Thursday that the investigations had confirmed "violations of our standards to ban illegal content" on Pornhub's website. MindGeek announced on Tuesday restrictions on uploads and downloads to Pornhub in view of the accusations in the New York Times report and the subsequent investigations by Visa and Mastercard.