10 million videos

Seen and unseen. In a single day, Pornhub has deleted 80% of its videos, after the devastating report published in The New York Times. It will review one by one all the videos that are uploaded.

The most popular online porn platform, Pornhub , is in the eye of the hurricane. To prevent greater evils (or more specifically, lawsuits), it has cut its losses by removing more than 10 million pornographic videos from its platform . And meanwhile, VISA and Mastercard block payments until it is clear if it offers illegal content.

It all started last week, when The New York Times newspaper published a very tough investigation that uncovered the publication of pornographic videos with minors on Pornhub , abuse videos, recordings without the consent of those affected, revenge porn and other crimes caused by Pornhub It does not review the videos that users upload, until someone reports them . Nor did he ask for identities or birth certificates.

Pornhub receives more than 3.5 billion visits per month, and is among the 10 most visited websites on the Internet. Similar to YouTube, you earn money from the more than 3 billion ads that show your videos per day. People who upload videos also make a profit, thanks to this advertising.

The scandal has exploded in his face, to the point that yesterday Sunday he deleted 80% of the videos on the platform . As The Verge recounted , during the weekend it had 13.5 million videos, and on Monday it did not reach 3 million.

In a statement, Pornhub has defended itself by comparing itself to Facebook, TikTok or YouTube , which have also had problems with illegal videos. He assures that it is a campaign orchestrated by conservative forces that want to prohibit pornography, and that “they are the same people who demonized Playboy 50 years ago “

Surely to prevent massive lawsuits, it has decided to cut its losses, eliminating from the platform all the pornographic videos that cannot certify their origin : more than 10 million. Starting in January, it will begin to review the videos one by one and will only publish those whose creators verify their identity.

At the moment VISA and Mastercard have blocked payments to Pornhub , which can be a problem for the company, which in addition to advertising has premium services, sale of videos and other paid content.

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