Pornhub deleting millions of videos after customers blocked from using cards

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Pornhub is deleting millions of videos in a bid to get rid of illegal content – days after Visa and Mastecard blocked customers from using their cards on the site.

The site has suspended all content that wasn’t created by “content partners” or members of its Model Program, which offers porn stars a chance to sell their videos on its platform.

Before their removal on Sunday evening, December 13, Pornhub hosted approximately 13.5 million videos.

That number has now dropped to 5.6 million.

Pornhub confirmed in a statement: “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.

“Leading non-profit organisations and advocacy groups acknowledge our efforts to date at combating illegal content have been effective.

“Over the last three years, Facebook self-reported 84 million instances of child sexual abuse material. During that same period, the independent, third-party Internet Watch Foundation reported 118 incidents on Pornhub.

“That is still 118 too many, which is why we are committed to taking every necessary action.

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"It is clear that Pornhub is being targeted not because of our policies and how we compare to our peers, but because we are an adult content platform."

Last week, a New York Times report accused Pornhub of allowing child abuse videos to be posted, which the site strenuously denied.

The website stressed that it employs moderators to screen every upload and removes illegal material.

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Pornhub later announced it would not accept uploads from unidentified users.

It also plans to roll out a bigger verification process in the new year.

However, on Friday, December 11, Visa and MasterCard confirmed their customers would not be able to use their credit cards to make purchases on Pornhub.

The site described the decision as "extremely disappointing”, adding in a statement: "This news is crushing for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods.”

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