It’s a sign of a broken system when only credit card firms can force Pornhub to change

On 4 December, the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof published a column entitled The Children of Pornhub. Pornhub attracts 3.5bn visitors a month, rakes in money from 3bn advertising impressions a day and, says Kristof, “prides itself on being the cheery, winking face of naughty, the website that buys a billboard in Times Square and provides snowploughs to clear Boston streets. It donates to organisations fighting for racial equality and offers steamy content free to get people through Covid-19 shutdowns.”

If you sense a “but” coming, you’re spot on. Kristof continues: “There’s another side of the company: its site is infested with rape videos. It monetises child rapes, revenge pornography, spycam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. A search for ‘girls under18“’ (no space) or ‘14yo’ leads in each case to more than 100,000 videos. Most aren’t of children being assaulted, but too many are.”

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Pornhub: Data out of context tells us nothing. by Andrew Puddephatt OBE, IWF Chair
We have a powerful sense of mission, with clarity, focus and purpose to our work. Our one single task – beyond all else – is the elimination of child sexual abuse material online.

Sadly, every four minutes we find a webpage showing a child being sexually abused. We’re here to stop that.

IWF assesses and gets removed from the internet millions of individual child sexual abuse images and videos every year.

That fact that we found 118 instances of child sexual abuse imagery on Pornhub between 1 Jan 2017, and 29 October 2019 – a period of almost three years – has been used by those who wish to both defend Pornhub, or campaign against them.

Pornhub Is Just the Latest Example of the Move Toward a Verified Internet
The online adult video platform Pornhub announced this week that it has removed all unverified videos, limiting uploads to verified users only. The move followed an opinion piece from the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof that followed the lives of child sexual abuse victims whose videos were uploaded to the site. The article alleged that rape videos, including child rapes, were allowed to proliferate on the platform unchecked. In response, both Mastercard and Visa had begun their own investigations into the site, eventually announcing they would stop processing payments with Pornhub. Pornhub’s move to “verified users only” means that uploads can only come from official content partners and members of their “Model Program.”

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