BREAKING: Pornhub exec caught on camera admitting rapists and traffickers use Pornhub 'loophole' to 'make a lot of money'

"It would be counterintuitive to the business."

Libby Emmons Brooklyn NY
A new investigation out from Sound Investigations reveals that tube site Pornhub has found a loophole around the age verification process for explicit, pornographic videos. When videos are uploaded with faces blurred out, Pornhub does not verify the ages of those in the videos. 

Pornhub CEO Mike Farley spoke with an undercover reporter over dinner, and revealed that execs at the porn site are aware of this, and that human traffickers and rapists use this feature of bypassing age verification to "make a lot of money."

Farley said that everyone knows about this, and that "everybody is just rolling with it."

"Why do they roll with it?" the Sound Investigations reporter asked Farley, "Why don't they say something?"

"Because it costs money," Farley admits. "It would be counterintuitive to the business."

"We’ve brought it up to the CPO [chief product officer]. We’ve brought it up to the CLO [chief legal officer], and they’re both telling us it’s all good. And the CPO is especially telling us like, 'F*ck off. It’s all good. Stop. Like, shut up,'" Farley goes on to say.

Pornhub parent MindGeek is based in Quebec, and has been pressured to make sure that consent and age verification are done on videos hosted on the site. In 2020, the site changed its rules and made it not possible for users to download videos, only to upload. 

They denied outright hosting videos of rape or revenge porn, but per the Sound Investigations report, they are not able to vet videos that contain that kind of content in the event that the face of the victim is blurred out. 

Sound Investigations asked Farley what would happen "if the government was to find out about this loophole. What would they do?"

"I don't know," Farley said, "They're not going to do sh*t. They'll do nothing."

"Why?" Sound Investigations asked.

"Because they're dumb," Farley said. "They don't know sh*t. They don’t know sh*t. Because they’re not qualified to identify the loophole."

Only the person uploading the videos to Pornhub has to provide an ID for age verification. Farley told Sound Investigations that he, and his boss Ramsey Belmaaza, have brought up this concern to officers of the company, but that those officers do not want to hear about it.

Sound Investigations pressed Farley on who makes use of this loophole of age verification, and Farley said that yes, "of course" human traffickers use it "to make money."

Farley said he recorded a meeting with his chief product officer in which he warned the officer about the issues, telling Sound Investigations that he would have it in the event that the "sh*t hits the fan."

"You shouldn't have content up that can't identify the person..." Farley told Sound Investigations, "they would lose a lot of money... They're like, 'it's all good. I'm not going to get caught. It's fine.'"

There are countless stories of women and children who were raped complaining about videos of those crimes ending up on Pornhub, and the great difficulty they have had trying to get that content taken down.
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