Pornhub Introduces New Reporting System As “Preemptive Strike” Against Revenge Pornographers

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In a press release shared earlier today, adult entertainment site Pornhub (exactly what it says on the tin) announced a new service that it hopes will cut down on the amount of red tape that victims of revenge porn have to contend with.

Previously, revenge porn takedown requests could only be filed with the site (which sees 60 million visitors a day) via email. Now, the company is introducing a submission form (see a NSFW link here or the screenshot above) that it describes as a “preemptive strike” against revenge pornographers.

Pornhub vice president Corey Price said in an email to The Verge,

It is vital that we continue to make our community feel safe. We want all Pornhub users to know that this new reporting process is for their security and peace of mind first and foremost.

[…] Being a revenge porn victim is embarrassing enough as it is. We would rather not make the reporting process equally awkward, or make people feel apprehensive about approaching us to begin with.

Unlike other major adult entertainment sites, Pornhub does not require victims to submit a government-issued ID along with their request. But as vice president of the Civil Cyber Rights Initiative Mary Anne Franks explained to The Verge, it’s a stretch to call the new form a “preemptive strike.” Franks suggests Pornhub add reminders throughout the site informing users that content uploaded without the consent of all parties is illegal, and make the submission form itself more SFW:

If Pornhub or any other site or platform featuring adult content really wants to launch a ‘preemptive strike’ … against nonconsensual pornography, they should be focusing on truly preemptive measures, not after-the-fact procedures.

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