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Pornhub Accused of ‘Profiting’ from Victims of Revenge Porn

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A victim of revenge porn claims that adult websites like Pornhub aren’t doing enough to curb the distribution of sex tapes which are uploaded against the consent of the subject, as they “profit” from having that material on their platforms. The woman, who chose to be identified only as Sophie, shared her story on British television, saying that Pornhub were “not very helpful” when she asked them to remove the videos, and that by the time they were removed, duplicates had already been uploaded.

Revenge porn refers to the act of sharing explicit images or footage of one or more persons engaged in sexual activity without their knowledge or consent. It is often motivated by anger or malice against a former sexual partner, and used as a tool of humiliation. It goes without saying that it is a gross invasion of privacy, which is why it is considered a criminal offense in 46 states.

It is also illegal in the United Kingdom, where Sophie resides, but campaigner and #NotYourPorn founder Kate Isaacs told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire that it is “next to impossible” to get this content taken down by companies. She adds that the systems that sites like Pornhub have in place are “just for show,” as they are reluctant to remove any content which could be earning them advertising revenue.

“Content that is uploaded to Pornhub that directly violates our terms of service is removed as soon as we are made aware of it and this includes non-consensual content,” says Pornhub vice president Corey Price.

“In 2015, to further ensure the safety of all our fans, we officially took a hard stance against revenge porn, which we believe is a form of sexual assault, and introduced a submission form for the easy removal of non-consensual content. We also use a state-of-the-art third-party digital fingerprinting software, which scans any new uploads for potential matches to unauthorised material and makes sure the original video doesn’t go back up on the platform.”



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