Pornhub Removes 10 Million Videos From Platform

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday December 15, 2020

Pornhub has removed most of the videos uploaded to its site, Vice reports.

After a New York Times report found videos of underage sex and children being assaulted, both Visa and Mastercard stopped allowing customer purchases from the site. The impact on Pornhub could be problematic.

The website purged more than 10 million of its 13.5 million videos, with only 2.9 million available on Monday morning. In doing so, Pornhub said they would only allow videos to be uploaded by verified users — as Vice says, "official content partners or members of its model program" which, in order to sign up, requires the user's age verification.

In a blog post on Monday, Pornhub said "This means every piece of Pornhub content is from verified uploaders, a requirement that platforms like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter have yet to institute." MindGeek, which owns Pornhub, YouPorn, and Redtube, said that the policy would apply to all their sites, but didn't say whether similarly offending videos would be removed from YouPorn and Redtube.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.