Pornhub Launches Mirror for Tor Users

The world’s largest porn site joined the ranks of Facebook, The BBC, and other popular clearnet sites with onion mirrors. According to a press release from Pornhub, the onion mirror is the “latest step by Pornhub to protect users against censorship, unwarranted surveillance and discrimination against LGBT communities.”

The Pornhub Logo and Tor Onion

The Pornhub Logo and Tor Onion

Press release below.

Pornhub Press Release

Pornhub Launches Tor Mirror Site to Bolster User Privacy and Ensure Platform Security

Pornhub, the premier online destination for adult entertainment, today announced it has made a version of its website available on Tor, a privacy-focused browser that makes it more difficult to monitor users’ online activity. Users can now access Pornhub on the Tor Network via an Onion URL at http://pornhubthbh7ap3u.onion/. The move serves to bolster user privacy, ensure network security, and alleviate concerns about browsing habits among LGBT users whose preferences remain criminalized in certain countries. While certain site capabilities such as account login and consequently, the ability to upload content are disabled while using the Tor site, users are nonetheless able to enjoy completely safe and anonymous browsing on the platform.

The Pornhub Onion Mirror

The Pornhub Onion Mirror

“Here at Pornhub, we are privacy-conscious and dedicated to ensuring the confidentiality of our users. As ill-willed hackers and compromising surveillance practices become growing concerns, it’s important that we set up internal safeguards to help anonymize the online activity and communication of our users and keep their personal information and digital footprint free from prying eyes,” said Corey Price, VP, Pornhub. “Over the course of the past few years, companies like Facebook, The New York Times and the BBC have set up Tor mirror sites to encrypt and make individual connections on the Internet less traceable. We wanted to follow in their footsteps and introduce a Tor mirror site for Pornhub users. This will help ensure their browsing experience is anonymous, private and secure.”

Pornhub Criminalization

Pornhub is banned in China, according to Greatfire.org.

The Great Firewall

The Great Firewall

The Philippine government banned Pornhub in 2017 “pursuant to Republic Act 9775 or the anti-child pornography law,” according to the banner displayed when a user in the Philippines attempts to access the website. The ban in the Philippines followed an announcement from Pornhub that users in the Philippines used the site roughly three minutes longer than the worldwide average.

In 2015, the Indian government banned almost 900 sites with adult content. The ban included Pornhub.

Russia has banned and un-banned Pornhub on several occasions. After one ban, Pornhub asked the Russian government body responsible for internet censorship if they would lift the ban in exchange for free Pornhub Premium accounts.

Russia Does Not Want Free Pornhub Accounts

Russia Does Not Want Free Pornhub Accounts

Russia turned down the offer. They later lifted the ban. However, to access Pornhub in Russia, users are required to sign in with their Vkontakte account. According to Motherboard, “to open a Vkontakte account, users need to enter their cell phone numbers. And to legally purchase a SIM card in Russia, you need to disclose your passport information.” In short, Russian users of Pornhub need a passport to access porn.

This is not Pornhub’s first attempt at helping users evade pornography censorship. In 2018 the company launched a free VPN (there is a saying about free VPNs…) and additionally started accepting cryptocurrency payments for premium accounts. They have a clearnet mirror to help users access Pornhub in countries with basic blocklists (Russia, for example, once banned a non-existent DeepDotWeb article after DeepDotWeb refused to remove an article about a Russian darkweb marketplace).

It does not appear as if Pornhub consulted with Alec Muffett before launching their mirror. The majority of the assets are still loaded from Pornhub’s clearnet CDN.

And unlike Facebook and The BBC (and many others), Pornhub does not have an SSL certificate for the onion. (Not that the certificate matters; “Don’t HTTPS Your Onion” explains why these certificates are not necessary for onion services.)

Well. Enjoy? pornhubthbh7ap3u.onion

Do you really want to comment here? not rules
5346b440 Sat, Jan 25, 2020

This is actually kind of a big deal in a way as it legitimizes the TOR network in a strange sense. It will help the network capture a larger percentage of overall web traffic and better hide those who actually need TOR’s privacy features. Slow clap for PornHub***

45a74bd0 Sat, Jan 25, 2020

I bet PH could find a solution to the DDOS attacks if it impacted them.

0f8139d0 Tue, Jan 28, 2020

This will allow pedophiles to post pedophilia freely, oh lets not forget the REAL rape videos of teenagers from the world. PornHub is making it easier for pedophilia to be spread.

8e013ab0 Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Of course this won’t help people post bad content, “Shaking my head” … as the article says, onion users won’t be able to upload content.

993bd520 Sat, Feb 1, 2020

This will allow pedophiles to post pedophilia freely, oh lets not forget the REAL rape videos of teenagers from the world. PornHub is making it easier for pedophilia to be spread.

So many idiots. FFS

6d4e9d50 Mon, Feb 3, 2020

This is fine

4724de90 Tue, Feb 4, 2020

I don’t think this is a good or bad thing

58c87a70 Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Much needed service, I actually got reason to browse Tor now.

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