Pornhub announces changes after exposé on rape, trafficking victims; anti-porn group remains skeptical

The pornography website Pornhub announced that it’s enacting new standards after an exposé revealed the company has been profiting off videos of rape and child sex trafficking victims.

In response to a New York Times report published last week exposing its child victims, Pornhub announced the “huge changes,” which include: Allowing only verified users to upload content, preventing users from downloading most content, and forming relationships with nonprofits to flag content.

“At Pornhub, nothing is more important than the safety of our community. Our core values such as inclusivity, freedom of expression and privacy are only possible when our platform is trusted by our users. This is why we have always been committed to eliminating illegal content, including non-consensual material and child sexual abuse material. Every online platform has the moral responsibility to join this fight, and it requires collective action and constant vigilance,” the statement said in part.

Dawn Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, an anti-pornography group, took issue with Pornhub’s claims.

“Pornhub cannot be trusted: it has profited for years from rape, child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, and revenge pornography. The New York Times exposed Pornhub for what it is: a profiteer of rape. Any number of ‘improvements’ will not change that fact,” said Hawkins in a statement on Tuesday.

“Pornhub executives are liars when they claim they care about safety. Beyond their extensive history of facilitating and profiting from crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation, we know many survivors who have repeatedly reached out to Pornhub to have nonconsensually-shared material — as well as videos of rape — removed, but their requests were ignored.”

Pornhub is one of the most visited websites in the world, averaging approximately 3.5 billion visits a month, making it more popular than Amazon, Netflix or Yahoo.

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Source: Christian Post