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Pornhub blocks uploads and downloads in crackdown on child-sexual-abuse videos

A Pornhub logo at the company's booth during an industry conference.

Enlarge / A Pornhub logo at the company’s booth during the 2018 AVN Adult Expo on January 25, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (credit: Getty Images | Gabe Ginsberg )

Pornhub said it has banned uploads by unidentified users in an attempt to prevent “non-consensual material” and videos of children being sexually abused.

“Going forward, we will only allow properly identified users to upload content,” the pornographic-video-sharing website said in a statement yesterday. For now, “only content partners and people within the Model Program will be able to upload content to Pornhub. In the new year, we will implement a verification process so that any user can upload content upon successful completion of identification protocol.”

Pornhub also said it is removing the ability to download content from the site “with the exception of paid downloads within the verified Model Program. In tandem with our fingerprinting technology, this will mitigate the ability for content already removed from the platform to be able to return.” The Model Program that has existed for at least a few years requires verification by Pornhub staff to prove “that you are real and that you are the one uploading your own videos.”

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