Hate Speech Policy

July 2023

Pornhub offers the adult community an open, expressive, safe, and diverse space for an array of legal sexual content, expression, and kinks. To ensure the safety of that space, we do not tolerate hate speech in any form.

One of our core values is inclusivity, and hate speech threatens community safety. Hate speech has no place on our platform, and we are committed to its eradication.   

Our hate speech policy is designed to help educate our community of users and to protect our platform from violence.

What is speech and what is hate speech?

We consider speech as any form of published communication on, to, or via the platform. We define hate speech as any communication or material that promotes, calls for, supports, or advocates for the delegitimization, dehumanization, discrimination, segregation, detestation, or vilification of a person or group of persons by reason of the fact that they are identifiable on the basis of protected characteristics.

At its most extreme, hate speech calls for, threatens, or promotes violence against people that are identifiable on the basis of protected characteristics.

Protected Characteristics

For the purposes of the policy, protected characteristics are defined as follows: 

  • Age
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Ethnicity 
  • Race
  • National origin
  • Religion 
  • Caste
  • Serious disease
  • Disability
  • Immigration status
Guideline

As always, don't post content if you think it might violate our Terms of Service. We reserve the right to remove content at our sole discretion that we believe violates our Policies or Terms of Service.

Do NOT upload, post, or otherwise communicate content that threatens, advocates, justifies, promotes, or displays any of the following:

  • Physical or sexual violence against any persons on the basis of protected characteristics; violence toward organizations or target (building/institution/territory)
  • Any sign, symbol, slogan, emblem, text, flag, hand gesture, or poster associated with any group, person, or organization that proclaims a violent and/or hateful mission (e.g. known terrorist organizations listed by the UN Security Council Consolidated List)
  • Any group, person, or organization that proclaims as its mission or is otherwise generally accepted or known to be associated with violence, threatening, calling for, promoting, or advocating of hate toward persons based on protected characteristics
  • Speech which expresses the belittlement, de-humanization, vilification, segregation or banishment of a person or group; denial or minimization of a persecution of a person or group
  • Stereotypes, tropes, expressions, slurs, and/or epithets, including other words or phrases used pejoratively toward or in reference to persons based on protected characteristics, regardless of the intended audience*;
Freedom of Expression
We recognize that sometimes the line between permitted speech and hate speech will be difficult to draw.

You may not like everything you see, read, or hear on Pornhub. However, this does not mean that such content constitutes hate speech. It is important to remember that other forms of expression, while repugnant, offensive, weird, or distasteful to some, do not always rise to the level of hateful expression. Context also plays a role in our assessment of hate speech.

The following are acceptable as long they adhere to our Terms of Service:

  • Humiliation play as a fetish is allowed so long as it does not involve any form of hateful expression (see above);
  • Role-play is acceptable so long as it does not promote, glorify, justify, or incite violence, dehumanization, or vilification of a person or group of persons, on the basis of protected characteristics;
  • Slurs used self-referentially and/or in an empowering way, and where additional context is provided to be able to clearly distinguish intent and which is not employed excessively;
  • Any of the above prohibitions when it is clear to the reasonable observer that the content is intended as satire or has educational merit;
Enforcement
We are steadfast in our commitment to protecting the safety of our users. As a content sharing platform, Pornhub relies on technology, our team of human moderators, and our wider community of users to help identify violative content. We also actively cooperate with law-enforcement investigations and promptly respond to valid legal requests received in order to assist in combating the dissemination of non-consensual recordings and distribution on the Pornhub platform.

  24/7 Human Moderation Team

Our team of moderators and support staff work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to review all uploaded content for violations, address user concerns, and remove all content that we identify or of which we are made aware of and deem as constituting hate speech.

  Community Oversight and Detection

We always encourage our community of users who come across content that is suspected to violate our guidelines to alert us by filling out and submitting our Content Removal Request form as soon as possible so that we may take appropriate and swift action. If you are a registered user, if you come across content, users, or comments that you think may be harmful for the community, you may also flag them to us for review.

    Automated Tools

Digitally fingerprinting unauthorized content can serve as an added layer of protection against previously identified and actioned infringing content from being re-uploaded on our platform. We use the MediaWise® service from Vobile®, a third-party digital fingerprinting system, to assist us in identifying and blocking previously identified unauthorized content that has been fingerprinting from being uploaded by users, as well as our own proprietary digital fingerprinting tool, Safeguard. Content that we identify and remove for violating our hate speech guideline is digitally fingerprinted using our third-party digital fingerprinting service provider, Vobile, and our proprietary fingerprinting tool, Safeguard. Digitally fingerprinting unauthorized content can serve as an added layer of protection against further distribution of said content on our platform.

Consequences of Violating this Policy
In all cases where we identify or are made aware of content that may violate our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines, our dedicated team works swiftly to review and remove any violative content.

Depending on the findings, our team may also:

  • Utilize sophisticated industry-standard tools to fingerprint the content in question to block potential future uploads of the same content to our sites; AND
  • Suspend or permanently terminate the associated user’s account, where appropriate.
How Can You Help Us?
If you believe you have come across content that may otherwise violate our Terms of Service, reach out to us at support@pornhub.com, ensuring to provide us with anything that may assist us in locating the problematic content (ex. URL to the video or where the comment(s) can be found). Our team will work swiftly to review your claim and remove content where we determine a violation of this Policy or our Terms of Service. Alternatively, if you’re signed into your Pornhub account, you can alert us by flagging the content for our review.

 

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