How Pornhub Is Fighting Revenge Porn

An important step.

Pornhub just announced they're taking a huge step toward fighting revenge porn, a shaming practice rooted in cyberbullying and blackmail. They've expedited their process for removing nonconsensual content, making it easier for victims of revenge porn to have material removed.

"With nearly 60 million visitors to Pornhub daily, it's imperative that we remain ahead of this perpetuating victimization of innocent individuals and continue to combat this illicit behavior," Pornhub's Vice President Corey Price said in a statement released last week.

Pornhub has removed their government ID requirement on their content removal page, hoping to make the process less complicated than before. Price explained, "While Pornhub does its own policing of revenge porn, this will encourage our users to not be deterred behind fears of red tape, and reaffirms that we will do everything within our power to make sure the purveyors of this form of sexual assault will never have a place within our network."

Revenge porn has long been used as a means of silencing its victims, usually women. Last year's celebrity nude photo hacks were a reminder of how vulnerable anyone can be to revenge porn, and John Oliver recently explored the ways sites like Google, Twitter and Reddit need to do more to fight it. Nonconsensual porn is a form of sexual assault that is finally being treated more seriously, and we hope to see other companies like Pornhub taking action.