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Pornhub takes down all content by unverified users, says site has been unfairly targeted

The company says it uses extensive measures to protect the platform from such content, including "a vast team" of human moderators to manually review each upload and remove illegal material, along with automated detection technologies. Pornhub/Facebook

Pornhub says it has removed all content uploaded by non-verified users after the adult website faced accusations it hosted illegal content.

The company, which is owned by Montreal-based Mindgeek, says it has suspended all previously uploaded content that was not created by one of its content partners or members of its Model Program, which includes age verification.

A New York Times investigation published earlier this month says the website hosted videos of child sexual assaults and exploitations, which Pornhub denies.

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Visa and MasterCard launched investigations and last week decided to stop allowing their cards to be used on Pornhub.

Pornhub says that its policy now ensures all content comes from verified users, which it says goes beyond measures used by companies such as Facebook and Twitter.

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The company also claims it is being unfairly targeted by groups wanting to end pornography and commercial sex work and not being treated based on its policies or how it compares to its peers.

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