2021: The Year We Kick the Dogs Off the Internet

Is anonymity going the way of the Dodo? Where Pornhub leads…:

As with the VHS tape, the world wide web, internet video, and online payments, it looks like the pornography industry will again be a force in the early adoption of technology, in this case trusted identities in the digital realm. Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff revealed the deep and disturbing degree to which the popular porn site Pornhub traffics in underage and non-consensual videos. Pornhub responded by doing what almost no one expected—it dropped all videos where it could not verify the ages of participants and instituted new identity requirements for everyone who uploads videos to the site.

“This means every piece of Pornhub content is from verified uploaders,” the company said in its statement, noting that this is a policy that other platforms “…like Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter have yet to institute.” My bet would be not for long.

With Pornhub, the seventh most-visited website in the United States leading the way, it is going to be difficult for the top ten sites that profit from user-generated content to avoid instituting this policy. Those sites include YouTube, Facebook, Reddit, and Twitter.

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