XVideos, stylized as XVIDEOS, is a pornographic video sharing and viewing website. XVideos was founded in Paris in 2007. The website is now registered to the Czech company WGCZ Holding.[2][4] As of August 2021, it was the most visited porn website and the seventh most visited website in the world.[5]

XVideos
XVideos logo.svg
Screen of Xvideos login page.PNG
Registration page / main entry
Type of site
Pornographic video sharing
Available inEnglish, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Afrikaans and others
HeadquartersPrague,
Czech Republic
Country of originFrance[1]
OwnerWGCZ Holding[2][3]
Founder(s)
  • Stephane Michael Pacaud
URLwww.xvideos.com
AdvertisingYes
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
Launched1 March 2007; 15 years ago (2007-03-01)
Current statusOnline
Written inHTML, JavaScript, PHP

WGCZ Holding also owns Bang Bros, DDF Network, Penthouse magazine, Private Media Group, and Erogames and has a controlling interest in the productions gathered under the Legal Porno brand.[4][6][7]

HistoryEdit

XVideos was founded in Paris in 2007 by the French owner Stephane Michael Pacaud. XVideos serves as a pornographic media aggregator, a type of website which gives access to adult content in a similar manner as YouTube does for general content.[8][9] Video clips from professional videos are mixed with amateur and other types of content.[8][9] By 2012, XVideos was the largest porn website in the world, with over 100 billion page views per month.[10] 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 US$120 million by saying, "Sorry, I have to go and play Diablo II."[9] 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.[11][12][13]

Web traffic and rankingEdit

As of August 2021, XVideos was the most visited porn website and the seventh most visited website in the world, as ranked by SimilarWeb.[5]

XNXX, a mirror site of XVideos, is the tenth most visited website overall and the second most visited website in the adult category.[14] Both XVideos and XNXX were also the world's most visited websites for virtual reality videos in 2021.[15]

CensorshipEdit

AlgeriaEdit

In 2019, the Algerian government banned XVideos for no stated reason, but the website remains accessible to the public via IP address.

BangladeshEdit

On 19 February 2019, the Bangladeshi government blocked access to the site along with 20,000 other pornographic sites as a part of their anti-porn war.[16]

FranceEdit

On 20 January 2022, France announced that it will be banning all pornographic websites unless they ensured their users were over 18 years of age.[17]

IndiaEdit

In 2015, the company was censored by the Indian government on a list of 857 pornographic websites, which also included non-pornographic websites such as CollegeHumor.[18][19] In 2018, major Indian internet service providers also blocked access to XVideos and other porn sites.[20]

LebanonEdit

In 2014, Lebanon's Minister of Telecommunications ordered internet service providers to block six pornographic websites[21] including XVideos. Some internet providers did not oblige, while others like Mobi DSL did.

MalaysiaEdit

In 2015, the Malaysian government banned XVideos for violating the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which bans "obscene content" from being digitally distributed.[22]

PhilippinesEdit

On 14 January 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte blocked XVideos as a part of Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.[23]

VenezuelaEdit

On 14 June 2018, the telecommunications and internet services company CANTV blocked access to the website without giving any statement in this regard.[24]

VietnamEdit

Since November 2019, ISPs have silently blocked access to every major pornographic website, including XVideos. Most ISPs declined to comment and denied blocking the sites. Most users assumed that this was a result of a secret Government mandate. Despite that, the sites are still accessible through the use of a VPN.[25]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Les sites internet les plus visités au monde" [The most visited websites in the world]. fr.statista.com (in French). Claire Jenik. November 2019. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "xvideos.com whois lookup". who.is. Retrieved January 7, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "'BangBros' Owner Buys Penthouse Biz For $11.2 Million". The Blast. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  5. ^ a b "xvideos.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. April 2020. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  6. ^ Mark Kernes (5 June 2018). "Penthouse Bankruptcy Auction Results in New Ownership". avn.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ Gustavo Turner (2 January 2020). "Private Media Group Acquired by XVideos Parent Company WGCZ". XBIZ. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  8. ^ a b Tsika, Noah (October 3, 2016). Pink 2.0: Encoding Queer on the Internet. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 978-0253023230.
  9. ^ a b c "Naked capitalism". The Economist. September 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Yagielowicz, Stephen (April 4, 2012). "Report: The Internet Really Is for Porn". XBIZ. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "XVideos.com Tube Site Accused of Strong-Arming Uploaders". AVN. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Online porn websites promote 'sexually violent' videos". BBC News. 5 April 2021. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Vidoes?". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "xnxx.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. August 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-08.
  15. ^ "These are some of the most popular virtual reality (VR) porn websites in 2022 - News Asia Today". 2021-10-15. Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  16. ^ "Bangladesh blocks 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war'". www.aljazeera.com.
  17. ^ DJKamalMustafaOnline (2021-12-28). "Under new French rules, Porn websites will be blocked - EMEA Tribune, Breaking News, World News, Latest News, Top Headlines". Retrieved 2022-01-20.
  18. ^ "Xvideos.com has the most subtle but brilliant response to govt's #Pornban". Firstpost. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  19. ^ 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.
  20. ^ Jaitly, Rohan (2018-10-26). "Reliance Jio blocks porn websites in India after DOT orders closure of 827 adult websites: Report | Tech News". TimesNowNews.com. Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  21. ^ "Lebanon Blocks Six Porn Sites, Sparks Fears of Further Censorship". SMEX: Channeling Advocacy. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  22. ^ IBTimes. "Malaysia porn ban: xVideo, PornHub among websites blocked for 'obscene content'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  23. ^ "Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines". BBC. 2017-01-06.
  24. ^ "Cantv bloqueó acceso a tres páginas pornográficas en Venezuela". el-nacional.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  25. ^ Trí, Dân (2019-11-19). "Các nhà mạng Việt Nam "âm thầm" chặn web đen" [Vietnamese carriers "silently" block the dark web]. Báo điện tử Dân Trí (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 2021-10-03.