Pornhub just announced huge changes: a.) allow uploads only from verified users; b.) no downloads; c.) improvements in moderation. Initial take: A great deal depends on how responsibly Pornhub implements these, and it hasn't earned my trust at all, but these seem significant.
Here's Pornhub's announcements of the new measures:… A great deal will also depend on whether past content, already on the site, is vetted or removed.
I'd add that continued monitoring and pressure will be necessary, and that we should also widen the lens to look at other companies. XVideos already has a bigger audience than Pornhub, and fewer scruples, and they should be forced to adopt similar measures -- and make them work.
A special thanks to those young women and men who shared their stories and documentation about Pornhub, because they didn't want other kids to endure what they had suffered. It was their courage, their stories, that made this happen. Teens like Serena:
Pornhub told me that the new policies applies to all Mindgeek sites, not just Pornhub. Again, a great deal depends on implementation, and skepticism is warranted, but this is still a huge deal. Canadians also get credit for the national debate lately about hosting Mindgeek.

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I've spent the last few months reporting this piece about Pornhub. What most people don't realize is that it's infested with rape videos. I talked to child trafficking survivors whose rape videos the company had distributed and monetized. Unconscionable:…
I owe a special thanks to so many young women and men who shared humiliating stories and documentation to spare other kids what they went through. Brava to Serena Fleites, whose photo runs with the piece; at 14, her life was upended by naked videos on Pornhub.
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@WFP The World Food Program is also really smart about how to promote nutrition, from school lunches to food fortification to breastfeeding support. WFP has been in front of the growing recognition that when young children don't get adequate nutrients, they are set back for life.
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