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Texas' Crackdown on Porn Has Officially Begun

Pornhub disables its site in Lone Star State over new legislation regarding age verification

(Newser) - An appeals court has cleared the way for Texas to enforce a law requiring age verification before someone can surf porn sites, and, not surprisingly, the porn sites aren't happy about it. In a 2-1 ruling on March 7 by the US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit...

Pornhub Has a Surprise for Utah
Pornhub Has a
Surprise for Utah

Pornhub Has a Surprise for Utah

All residents are blocked, in the porn site's protest of state's new age-verification law

(Newser) - On Wednesday, Utah's new age-verification law goes into effect, mandating that websites hosting adult content need to confirm users' ages before letting them browse. One company in particular isn't happy about the legislation: Pornhub, which shared a message Monday with anyone who tried to log on from the...

Porn Perusers in This State Now Have an Extra Step

New law in Louisiana mandates commercial porn sites in that state ask for ID showing age verification

(Newser) - A year ago, during an interview with radio host Howard Stern, singer Billie Eilish confessed to a pornography addiction that started at age 11, calling it a habit that "really destroyed my brain." Professional counselor and sex addiction therapist Laurie Schlegel, who also happens to be a Republican...

Porn King's Mansion Burned, and the Suspect List Is Long

'Vanity Fair' digs into the many enemies of Pornhub co-owner Feras Antoon

(Newser) - The arson had all the markings of a professional job. In April 2021, somebody torched the nearly finished mansion being built in Montreal for Feras Antoon, a co-owner of Pornhub. As Adam Gollner writes at Vanity Fair , the massive blaze decimated the "Pornhub Palace" but left neighboring places barely...

FBI Offers $50K Reward for This Alleged Pornographer

Michael James Pratt accused of using fraud, coercion to trick women into making videos

(Newser) - Last week, 50 women settled a lawsuit over allegations that they were duped into making pornographic videos through fraud and coercion. The matter is not over, however. The FBI is offering a reward of $50,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of the owner of the website GirlsDoPorn, reports...

Lawsuit From 34 Women Calls Pornhub a 'Criminal Enterprise'

Filing says site profited from nonconsensual videos

(Newser) - With content added to the site by unverified users, and by not requiring verification of the ages and identities of people in those videos, Pornhub has avoided following the rules that govern the established porn industry, a new lawsuit says. The result is a "criminal enterprise," a draft...

Pornhub's New Problem: an $80M-Plus Lawsuit

40 women say online porn site profited from GirlsDoPorn sex trafficking videos

(Newser) - Pornhub's problems continue , this time with an $80 million-plus complaint. The BBC reports that the online porn site and its parent firm, MindGeek, have been sued by 40 women who allege that the companies profited from pornographic videos they appeared in for content partner GirlsDoPorn, which has been accused...

Pornhub Makes a Huge Change to Website

Millions of videos from unverified users are gone

(Newser) - The fallout from Nicholas Kristof's expose of Pornhub continues. The website has begun removing all videos from unverified users, reports Engadget . The change marks "a fundamental shift in the way one of the largest porn sites in the world operates," per Vice . How fundamental? It appears that...

Credit Card Companies Jump Ship After Pornhub Exposé

Mastercard won't do business with the porn site

(Newser) - Startling allegations involving revenge porn and child abuse have companies reassessing their relationship with Pornhub, and at least one big credit card company is officially cutting ties. Per the BBC , Mastercard will block use of its cards on the Canada-based pornography site, saying in a statement, "Our investigation over...

Readers Reach Out to Help Teen in Pornhub Exposé

Nicholas Kristof shares an update on the reaction to his work

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times wrote an exposé of Pornhub that is resulting in real changes . The site, while denying any wrongdoing, is promising reforms to make it harder for people to post videos of underage girls and for such videos to proliferate. "I don’t trust...

After 'Flagrantly Untrue' Report, Pornhub Makes Changes

Related to user uploads, downloads

(Newser) - In the wake of a scathing and lengthy New York Times report by Nicholas Kristof that alleged rape and child abuse videos are rampant on Pornhub, a change to the site. While maintaining the claims are "irresponsible and flagrantly untrue," the site says it has amended the rules...

Credit Card Company, Canada Respond to Pornhub Claims

The move comes after a scathing 'New York Times' column

(Newser) - Looks like Mastercard isn't just letting the Pornhub allegations slide. Days after New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof leveled accusations against the adult website—citing its alleged revenge pornography, child abuse, and footage of women being asphyxiated—Mastercard says it is investigating, Reuters reports. "If the claims are...

Nicholas Kristof: It's Time to Stand Up to Pornhub
Nicholas Kristof
Calls Out Pornhub

Nicholas Kristof Calls Out Pornhub

NYT columnist accuses site of profiting off of child sexual abuse

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is out with a new column that is utterly scathing of the site Pornhub. The gist of his complaint comes early:
  • "Its site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and

Politician's New Ad Platform: Pornhub

Danish MP Joachim Olsen encourages voters to vote for him 'when you're done wanking'

(Newser) - "You have to be where the voters are," according to Danish politician Joachim Olsen—who explains that's why he's now advertising on Pornhub. "When you're done wanking, vote for Jokke," reads the ad, which refers to a nickname for Joachim and depicts the...

Another Potential Victim of Net Neutrality Nix: Free Online Porn

The porn will still be there—you might just have to pay for it

(Newser) - Many individuals and groups are displeased with the FCC's ruling Thursday to nix "net neutrality" rules, which kept ISPs from giving preference to or throttling some online content. But one demographic in particular is particularly hot and bothered, per the Independent Journal Review : consumers of internet porn. The...

Russia Riles Up Internet by Blocking Porn Sites

Government says complainers can 'meet someone in real life' instead

(Newser) - Anyone upset about Russia's recent blocking of 11 internet pornography sites should try to "meet someone in real life," according to the agency behind the ban. Roskomnadzor has the power to block websites the Russian government doesn't want its people to see, and the agency used...

Porn Site's Scholarship Goes to Middle-Aged Mom

Her boss is accused of trying to have her killed

(Newser) - MaryAnn Uribe has had a rough few years. In 2014, for instance, her former employer allegedly tried to have her killed. But, thanks to a purveyor of Internet pornography, things are looking up for the 48-year-old mother of two in San Antonio, Texas. Uribe has been announced as the recipient...

This Porn Site Wants to Help Pay Your College Tuition

Pornhub is feeling generous, offering a $25K scholarship

(Newser) - If you're 18 or older, have a 3.2 GPA or higher, and are heading back to college this fall, there's a new scholarship opportunity you should know about, provided you don't mind taking money from a porn site that boasts of 79 billion online video views...

Washington, DC, Is No. 1 —at Watching Online Porn

PornHub reports DC residents watch average of 14.18 videos a year

(Newser) - If the Midwest is America's heartland, apparently Washington, DC, is a somewhat lower-positioned organ. Leading smut website has announced that the nation's capital is the US leader when it comes to watching porn, as compared to the 50 states, reports the Washington Post . In fact, DC...

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