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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
URLxvideos.com
Alexa rankIncrease 87 (Global, October 2020)[4]
AdvertisingYes
CommercialYes
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedMarch 1, 2007; 13 years ago (2007-03-01)
Current statusOnline
Written inHTML JavaScript,PHP

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] As of June 2020, it was the most visited porn website and the 8th most visited website in the world.[5][6]

WGCZ Holding also own Bang Bros, DDF Network, Penthouse magazine, Private Media Group, Erogames and has a controlling interest in the productions gathered under the Legal Porno brand.[6][7][8]

XVideos has a mirror website XNXX. As of June 2020 XNXX is the 2nd most visited porn website and the 9th most visited website in the world.[8] Combined, XVideos and XNXX get over 5 billion visits a month, double their nearest competitor's Mindgeek's traffic.

History

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.[9][10] Video clips from professional videos are mixed with amateur and other types of content.[9][10] By 2012, XVideos was the largest porn website in the world, with over 100 billion page views per month.[11] Fabian Thylmann, the owner of MindGeek, attempted to purchase XVideos in 2012 in order to create a monopoly of pornographic tube sites. The Frenchowner of XVideos turned down a reported offer of more than $120 million by saying, "Sorry, I have to go and play Diablo II."[10] 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.[12]

Web traffic and ranking

As of June 2020, XVideos has been counted as the 8th most popular website in the world by SimilarWeb in overall category and 1st in the adult category with over 3 billion visits a month.[13]

XNXX, a mirror site of XVideos, is the 9th most visited website overall and the 2nd most visited website in the adult category.[13]

Combined, XVideos and XNXX get over 5 billion visits a month, double their nearest competitor's Mindgeek's traffic.[8]

Censorship

Bangladesh

On February 19, 2019, the government of Bangladesh blocked access to the site along with 20,000 other pornographic sites as a part of their anti-porn war.[14]

India

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.[15][16] In 2018, major internet service providers blocked access to XVideos and other porn sites.[17]

Lebanon

In 2014, Lebanon's Minister of Telecommunications has ordered Internet service providers to block six pornographic websites[18] including XVideos. Some internet providers did not oblige, while others like Mobi DSL did.

Malaysia

In 2015, the Malaysian government banned XVideos for violating the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which bans "obscene content" from being digitally distributed.[19]

Philippines

On January 14, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte blocked XVideos as a part of Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law.[20]

Venezuela

On June 14, 2018, the telecommunications and internet services company CANTV blocked access to the website without giving any statement in this regard.[21]

See also

References

  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. ^ "Xvideos.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors". Alexa. Retrieved 2020-07-11.
  5. ^ "xvideos.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. April 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  6. ^ a b "'BangBros' Owner Buys Penthouse Biz For $11.2 Million". The Blast. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ Mark Kernes (5 June 2018). "Penthouse Bankruptcy Auction Results in New Ownership". avn.com. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  8. ^ a b c Gustavo Turner (2 January 2020). "Private Media Group Acquired by XVideos Parent Company WGCZ". XBIZ. Retrieved 5 January 2020.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ a b c "Naked capitalism". The Economist. September 26, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Yagielowicz, Stephen (April 4, 2012). "Report: The Internet Really Is for Porn". XBIZ. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "XVideos.com Tube Site Accused of Strong-Arming Uploaders". AVN. August 13, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  13. ^ a b "xnxx.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. April 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-27.
  14. ^ "Bangladesh blocks 20,000 websites in anti-porn 'war'". www.aljazeera.com.
  15. ^ "Xvideos.com has the most subtle but brilliant response to govt's #Pornban". Firstpost. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ "Lebanon Blocks Six Porn Sites, Sparks Fears of Further Censorship". SMEX: Channeling Advocacy. 2014-09-11. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  19. ^ IBTimes. "Malaysia porn ban: xVideo, PornHub among websites blocked for 'obscene content'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-08-29.
  20. ^ "Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines". BBC. 2017-01-06.
  21. ^ "Cantv bloqueó acceso a tres páginas pornográficas en Venezuela". el-nacional.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 June 2018.