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Pornhub under fire for releasing explicit videos of 30 women without their consent

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Thirty women have sued the popular world adult film website PornHub for expressly publishing their explicit videos without getting their approval.

Reports gathered said the women revealed that their videos were uploaded to Pornhub without their consent and have lodged a civil suit in California accusing Mindgeek, the parent company of Pornhub of running a “criminal enterprise”.

Pornhub’s content is mostly uploaded by its own community but the public can see it. However, the company has said every video uploaded is reviewed by human moderators.

Brown Rudnick LLP, the law firm representing the plaintiffs, says the lawsuit alleges claims under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000.

One of the women in the suit told CBS she was only 17 when her boyfriend coerced her into making a nude video. The woman, who used the pseudonym Isabella, said the video was later posted on Pornhub without her consent and she only found out about it from a friend.

Pornhub received 42 billion site visits in 2019, with 6.83 million videos uploaded, for a combined viewing time of 169 years.

In a statement, Pornhub called the allegations “utterly absurd, completely reckless and categorically false”.

Pornhub told the BBC: “Pornhub has zero tolerance for illegal content and investigates any complaint or allegation made about content on our platforms.”

“We have the most comprehensive safeguards in user-generated platform history, which include the banning of uploads from unverified users”.

Pornhub said it “takes every complaint regarding the abuse of its platform seriously, including those of the plaintiffs in this case”.

It added that it did not intend to let the “hyperbolic language in the lawsuit distract from the fact that Pornhub has in place a safety and security policy that surpasses that of any other major platform on the internet”.

Pornhub does not require its users to verify the identity or age of those featured in its videos – nor does it seek to confirm the consent of people who appear in videos posted to the site.

The new allegations come after a New York Times investigation in April accused Pornhub of being “infested” with child abuse and rape-related videos claim the site denied.

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