Ex-Pornhub chart-topper Mia Khalifa backs major changes announced by adult site

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Ex-pornstar Mia Khalifa has thrown her weight behind major changes being made to Pornhub following allegations of child rape videos.

The adult site – one of the most visited websites in the world with an estimated 3.5 billion visits a month, more than Netflix or Amazon – will now only allow "properly identified users" to upload content.

It comes after the New York Times documented the story of young women who claim videos of themselves underage had been posted to the pornography website.

Thousands of clips featuring rape or sexual abuse of underage children could be seen on the adult video site, it is alleged.

Pornhub parent company MindGeek has denied Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof's claims he found multiple videos featuring child sex abuse, "revenge porn" and rape.

But following Kristof’s column, Pornhub has released a statement documenting major changes to how content is uploaded.

And backing the changes was Khalifa, once the most viewed adult performer on the site.

Khalifa shared Kristof’s column on her Instagram account, sharing a tweet from the journalist that read: “Pornhub just announced huge changes: a.) allow uploads only from verified users; b.) no downloads; c.) improvements in moderation.

“Initial take: A great deal depends on how responsibly Pornhub implements these, and it hasn't earned my trust at all, but these seem significant.”

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The X-rated video site had said in a statement: “Today, we are taking major steps to further protect our community. Going forward, we will only allow properly identified users to upload content

“Effective immediately, only content partners and people within the Model Program will be able to upload content to Pornhub.

“In the new year, we will implement a verification process so that any user can upload content upon successful completion of identification protocol.”

In response to the changes on Pornhub, NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof said on Twitter: “A great deal depends on how responsibly Pornhub implements these, and it hasn't earned my trust at all, but these seem significant.

“A great deal will also depend on whether past content, already on the site, is vetted or removed,” he added.

“I'd add that continued monitoring and pressure will be necessary, and that we should also widen the lens to look at other companies.

“XVideos already has a bigger audience than Pornhub, and fewer scruples, and they should be forced to adopt similar measures —and make them work."

Kristof’s column prompted Visa and MasterCard to investigate MindGeek, which owns Pornhub, over the allegations.

Khalifa, 27, was the most searched-for adult star in 2016 but has since quit the industry.

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