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AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.

A red-headed woman stands on the moon, her face obscured. Her naked body looks like it belongs on a poster you’d find on a hormonal teenager’s bedroom wall — that is, until you reach her torso, where three arms spit out of her shoulders. AI-powered systems like Stable Diffusion, which translate text prompts into pictures,…

11:10 am PDT • September 2, 2022
AI is getting better at generating porn. We might not be prepared for the consequences.

The U.K. could be gearing up to hit a handful of tech firms with enforcement orders (and potentially fines) related to a children’s online privacy and safety Code which has…

UK closely probing four tech firms over kids’ privacy code breaches

In a fresh addition to incoming U.K. legislation that will set sweeping internet content rules for platforms, the government has revived a long-standing ambition to put porn websites behind age…

UK revives age checks for porn sites

Startups geared toward men’s sexual health have been doing a brisk trade for a few years now. But while the early wave of tech businesses mostly aimed to provide (easier)…

Remojo is building tools to combat digital addiction, starting with porn

Video-sharing platforms that offer a service in the U.K. have to comply with new regulations intended to protect users and under-18s from harmful content such as hate speech and videos/ads…

UK publishes safety-focused rules for video-sharing platforms like TikTok

OnlyFans bans explicit content

12:09 pm PDT • August 19, 2021

OnlyFans has announced that it will ban sexually explicit content starting in October. The platform was not built specifically for porn but that has grown to be its most popular…

OnlyFans bans explicit content

Adult video giant Pornhub this week announced that it has taken the unprecedented step of removing millions of user-uploaded videos. The move, which the Canadian-born site calls “the most comprehensive…

Pornhub removes all unverified content, following reports of exploitation

A controversial UK government scheme to introduce mandatary age checks for accessing online pornography has been dropped — for now. Introduction of the measure, which was intended to protect children…

UK quietly ditches porn age checks in favor of wider online harms rules

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An optimistic view of deepfakes

The negative implications of deepfakes are troubling, and the better we understand them, the better we’ll be able to prevent their worst consequences.

9:30 am PDT • July 4, 2019
An optimistic view of deepfakes

Virginia has expanded a revenge porn law to include “deepfakes,” the fabricated or manipulated videos and images of people made using machine learning that have begun popping up with increasing…

‘Deepfake’ revenge porn is now illegal in Virginia

The UK government has announced the next phase of a review of the law around the making and sharing of non-consensual intimate images, with ministers saying they want to ensure…

UK law review eyes abusive trends like deepfaked porn and cyber flashing

The UK government has delayed the introduction of mandatory age verification for accessing online pornography — blaming an administrative cock-up. The controversial scheme had been due to launch on July…

UK age checks for online porn delayed after bureaucratic cock-up

Tumblr has been squandered ever since it was bought for $1.1 billion in 2013 by Yahoo, now part of Verizon Media Group. Without proper strategy or talent, the blogging tool…

Why you don’t want Tumblr sold to exploitative Pornhub

TikTok, the user-generated video-sharing app from Chinese publisher ByteDance that has been a global runaway success, has stumbled hard in one of the world’s biggest mobile markets, India, over illicit…

TikTok downloads ordered to be blocked on iOS and Android in India over porn and other illegal content

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Snap CEO’s sister Caroline Spiegel starts a no-visuals porn site

If you took the photos and videos out of pornography, could it appeal to a new audience? Caroline Spiegel’s first startup Quinn aims to bring some imagination to adult entertainment. Her older brother, Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, spent years trying to convince people his app wasn’t just for sexy texting. Now Caroline is building a website…

7:15 am PDT • March 29, 2019
Snap CEO’s sister Caroline Spiegel starts a no-visuals porn site

Facebook and Google were far from the only developers openly abusing Apple’s Enterprise Certificate program meant for companies offering employee-only apps. A TechCrunch investigation uncovered a dozen hardcore pornography apps…

Apple fails to block porn & gambling ‘Enterprise’ apps

Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest country by population, has unblocked Tumblr nine months after it blocked the social networking site over pornographic content. Tumblr — which, disclaimer, is owned by…

Indonesia unblocks Tumblr following its ban on adult content

PornHub, a popular site that features people in various stages of undress, saw 33.5 billion visits in 2018. There are currently 7.53 billion people on Earth. Y’all have been busy.…

The annual PornHub year in review tells us what we’re really looking at online

Yesterday brought some interesting news in the cryptocurrency space. In a move that is at once sleazy and ridiculous, PornHub and its tech arm MindGeek announced a partnership with the…

A minor cryptocurrency partners with a major porn network. What could go wrong?

Following other recent bans on the controversial practice of AI-generated, face-swapped porn, Reddit too has brought the ban hammer down. On Wednesday, the social platform shut down r/deepfakes and r/deepfakeNSFW,…

Reddit bans ‘involuntary porn’ communities that trade AI-generated celebrity videos

Pornhub, a website dedicated to the distribution of pornographic videos, is onto all you porn lovers and your sexy, sneaky ways. In a nearly catastrophically complete year-in-review post, the company…

Zelda, Overwatch are top Pornhub searches for 2017

They say porn adopts new technologies first and PornHub [NSFW], a site that is as NSFW as it sounds, is proving that old adage true. The site – which receives…

PornHub uses computer vision to ID actors, acts in its videos

Pornhub, an adult content site, has announced compatibility with interactive sex toys like the Kiiroo Onyx – essentially an articulated sex jar – and the Fleshlight Launch – also essentially…

Pornhub now supports interactive toys, proving porn paves the way

The adult entertainment industry has long been a silent driver of new technologies, from ISPs to graphics cards. With virtual reality, many see porn as one of the more obvious…

A whole lot of people watched VR porn in 2016

Social media sites such as Twitter face being regulated in the UK under anti-porn proposals, as part of the government’s Digital Economy bill proposal.

Social media sites may need to apply age checks under UK anti-porn law

In an ongoing effort to prevent pornography from soiling the shores of Britannia, UK lawmakers are working to prevent the spread of ‘non-conventional’ sex videos online. The proposed law blocks…

UK wants to censor ‘non-conventional’ sex videos

Ever wonder how things get marked NSFW on the internet? It’s Yahoo. Yahoo does it — with their special-made, smut-trained, porn-detecting neural network. And now you can, too, because the…

Yahoo open sources its porn-detecting neural network
Hardware

The reality of VR porn

8:00 am PDT • August 20, 2016

Is virtual reality porn merely an example of an industry — already known for early adoption of new tech — extending its market reach, or could the growing sophistication of…

The reality of VR porn

Utah Senator Todd Weiler has proposed a bill to rid the state of porn by adding Internet filters and anti-porn software on all cell phones and requiring citizens to opt-in…

Utah representatives want to install porn blockers on all cell phones

Dutch startup Leakserv is playing in the online identity management space, with a special focus on helping victims of revenge porn who want specific content taken offline.

Dutch Startup Leakserv Takes Aim At Revenge Porn