Pornhub removes almost 80% of videos after child abuse investigation

Pornhub has removed millions of videos by unverified users from following claims it shows videos of child abuse and non-consensual sexual activities.

The adult website shared a blog post yesterday that said it has “enacted the most comprehensive safeguards in user-generated platform history”.

With the move, just under 80 per cent of Pornhub’s content has been removed from the site. The measure includes banning unverified uploaders from sharing new content, eliminating the ability to download most videos and removing all content not created by its verified content partners or members of its adult performer network.

With the changes, Pornhub’s videos have dropped from roughll 13.5 million to just under three million. Going forward, content creators must become verified using Pornhub’s process that involves uploading a picture of themselves with their username.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof described recordings on Pornhub’s website of assaults of unconscious women and girls, including a naked video of a 14-year-old girl. He wrote that Pornhub allows videos to be downloaded directly from its site, leaving room for content to spread and be reuploaded to the internet even after it’s been taken down.