Pornhub's new safety measures include verification by a third-party company for uploads

midian182

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What just happened? Pornhub, still reeling from the New York Times report that alleged the service was profiting from non-consensual videos, has announced a series of new security measures to identify illegal content and keep it off the site, including using a third-party company to verify users.

In December, a report by the New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof highlighted the number of clips on Pornhub showing rape and the sexual abuse of underage girls, alleging that the company has monetized these videos.

In response, Pornhub stopped uploads—only content partners and those in its Model Program can upload content—and limited downloads to those who paid for them within the verified Model Program. The site removed millions of videos, and Mastercard and Visa cut ties with Pornhub, forcing it to use cryptocurrency for payments.

The company has now announced a “series of industry-leading safety and security policies,” designed to combat and eradicate illegal videos.

In addition to using software to identify and remove images of child abuse, Pornhub and parent MindGeek are expanding their team of human moderators and introducing extra training. It has also launched a Trusted Flagger Program that consists of more than 40 leading non-profit organizations dedicated to child safety on the internet.

Uploads are still limited to studio partners and verified users who are part of the Model Program. Those who want to join need their identifications verified by London-based firm Yoti. Ars Technica reports that the process involves sending a current photo and ID that Pornhub and MindGeek never view. Once Yoti verifies the information, the data is encrypted—even the company itself cannot see it.

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QuantumPhysics

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That's ridiculous.

there's absolutely no way to do age verification, globally, without doing ID verification and most people don't want to do age verification or ID verification. The entire point of these sites was to bypass verification.

Furthermore, the keywords "abused", "young", "teen", "mom", "dad", "sister", "granny" and a few others are the ones drawing the views even when the actress is obviously older than 30.

How can you regulate porn if the market for it is focused on the "idea" rather than the "morality"???

That says a lot about today's minds.

This is yet another attempt at regulating thought and it's never succeeded.

Ask those FBI agents who tried to do that raid in Florida.
 
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Uncle Al

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What? No personal measurements? No sample pictures? Sheeeeezzzzeeeeeee ..... what a waste!
 

kapital98

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That's ridiculous.

there's absolutely no way to do age verification, globally, without doing ID verification and most people don't want to do age verification or ID verification. The entire point of these sites was to bypass verification.

Furthermore, the keywords "abused", "young", "teen", "mom", "dad", "sister", "granny" and a few others are the ones drawing the views even when the actress is obviously older than 30.

How can you regulate porn if the market for it is focused on the "idea" rather than the "morality"???

That says a lot about today's minds.

This is yet another attempt at regulating thought and it's never succeeded.

Ask those FBI agents who tried to do that raid in Florida.

The same ways you regulate strip club workers, alcohol, tobacco, etc... The Ars Technica article does a good job at showing how ID happens and how it prevents massive data storage and essentially creates a double-blind way for Pornhub to assume verification without storing data.

This is the heart of regulation. Tobacco and alcohol can be used -- but they are regulated to comply with basic health measures and appropriate taxation.

This is not about morality censorship. This is about regulating commerce in a developed country. There is nothing unusual about this and, if anything, places like Pornhub have more leniency (through self-regulation) than other industries like alcohol and tobacco.
 

misor

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Lol. london-based firm Yoti's letters when rearranged becomes either a word for puppy or sex in cebuano.