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XVideos is the world's largest pornographic video sharing and viewing website. The website is registered to the Polish company, WGCZ Holding.[1] Alexa ranks it as the 50th most visited website in the world.[4]

XVIDEOS
Xvideos.gif
The XVideos logo
Type of site
Pornographic video sharing
Owner WGCZ Holding[1][2]
Slogan(s) "The best free porn site"
Website www.xvideos.com
Alexa rank Increase 43 (Global, December 2017)[3]
Advertising Yes
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched March 1, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-03-01)
Current status Online

In 2012, it was estimated that the site streams over a terabyte per second, which was the equivalent of one fifteenth of the network bandwidth available from London to New York.[5]

Contents

History

XVideos serves as a porn aggregator, a type of website which gives access to adult content in a similar manner as YouTube does for general content.[6][7] Video clips from professional videos (sometimes pirated) are mixed with amateur and other types of content.[6][7] By 2012, XVideos was the largest adult website in the world, with over 4.4 billion page views per month.[8] Fabian Thylmann, the owner of MindGeek, attempted to purchase XVideos in 2012 in order to create a monopoly of pornographic tube sites. The French owner of XVideos turned down a reported offer of more than $120 million by saying, "Sorry, I have to go and play Diablo II."[7] In 2014, XVideos controversially attempted to force content providers to either pledge to renounce the right to delete videos from their accounts or to shut down their accounts immediately.[9]

Censorship

India

In 2015, the company was targeted by the Indian government on a list of 857 'pornographic' websites, that included non-pornographic websites such as CollegeHumor.[10][11]

Malaysia

In 2015, the Malaysian government banned XVideos for violating the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which bans "obscene content" from being digitally distributed.[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Woods, Ben (February 2016). "The (almost) invisible men and women behind the world's largest porn sites". thenextweb.com. Amsterdam: The Next Web B.V. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "xvideos.com whois lookup". who.is. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Xvideos.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The 50 Sites Australians Visit Most [Infographic]". Lifehacker Australia. 2017-05-01. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  5. ^ "Is the whole world looking at porn? Biggest site gets over FOUR BILLION hits a month". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ a b Tsika, Noah (October 3, 2016). Pink 2.0: Encoding Queer on the Internet. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. p. 61-62. ISBN 0253023238. 
  7. ^ a b c "Naked capitalism". The Economist. September 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  8. ^ Yagielowicz, Stephen (April 4, 2012). "Report: The Internet Really Is for Porn". XBIZ. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ "XVideos.com Tube Site Accused of Strong-Arming Uploaders". AVN. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Xvideos.com has the most subtle but brilliant response to govt's #Pornban". Firstpost. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  11. ^ Akolawala, Tasneem. "Xvideos, College Humor lash out at Indian government after porn ban | Latest Tech News, Video & Photo Reviews at BGR India". BGR India. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  12. ^ IBTimes. "Malaysia porn ban: xVideo, PornHub among websites blocked for 'obscene content'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-08-29.