Pornhub Just Deleted ‘More Than 10 Million’ Unverified Videos In Unprecedented Site-Wide Purge

Pornhub has vowed to suspend all unverified uploads from its platform, marking another significant response to allegations that the site is littered with videos of child sexual abuse and exploitation.

In a new statement, Pornhub said it has “suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by content partners or members of the Model Program,” meaning any content uploaded to the site anonymously has been earmarked for removal.

In effect, a huge chunk of Pornhub’s videos will be taken offline: it appears the policy change initially ripped in excess of 10 million videos off the platform.

Motherboard reports that suspended videos now bear a disclaimer which states the footage is slated for review. In a statement obtained by the outlet, Pornhub said that verification and review process will kick off in 2021.

That shift comes days after Pornhub promised to only accept new uploads from verified accounts, which require users to upload a photo to confirm their identity, and suspended the ability to freely download videos shared on the XXX website.

Both of those policy changes came in response to a massive New York Times exposé, which alleged that Pornhub effectively hosted anonymous uploads which featured child sexual abuse, image-based abuse, and other horrific content.

Pornhub defended its community safety practices in its latest statement, saying that its uploading policies are now more stringent than those of Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter.

The site also claimed it was being “targeted not because of our policies and how we compare to our peers, but because we are an adult content platform.”

The statement also criticised the Internet Watch Foundation, an organisation which found 118 incidences of child abuse material on the site between 2017 and 2019, compared to a significantly higher quantity of troubling content self-reported by Facebook.

Pornhub said “all social media platforms share the responsibility to combat illegal material.

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

Help is available.

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about image-based abuse or sexual violence, please call the 1800 Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.

Recording, sharing, or threatening to share an intimate image without consent is a criminal offence across much of Australia. 

If you’d like to report image-based abuse to police or get help removing an intimate image from social media, reach out to the Australian eSafety Commissioner here.

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