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XVIDEOS
XVideos logo.svg
The XVideos logo
Type of site
Pornographic video sharing
Owner WGCZ Holding[1][2]
Website www.xvideos.com
Alexa rank Decrease 43 (Global, July 2018)[3]
Advertising Yes
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched March 1, 2007; 11 years ago (2007-03-01)
Current status Online

XVideos is one of the world's largest pornographic video sharing and viewing websites. The website is registered to the Czech company, WGCZ Holding.[1][4] As of 7 July 2018, it was the 43rd most visited website in the world.[3]

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]

WGCZ Holding also run the Bang Bros network of websites and are the current owners of the Penthouse magazine and its related assets.[6][7]

History

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 (sometimes pirated) are mixed with amateur and other types of content.[8][9] By 2012, XVideos was the largest adult website in the world, with over 4.4 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 $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]

Web traffic and ranking

As of June 2018, XVideos has been counted as the 11th most popular website in the world by SimilarWeb in overall category and 2nd in the adult category.[12][13]

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.[14][15]

Malaysia

In 2015, the Malaysian government banned XVideos for violating the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, which bans "obscene content" from being digitally distributed.[16]

Philippines

In January 14, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte blocked XVideos as a part of Republic Act 9775 or the Anti-Child Pornography Law[17]

Venezuela

On June 14, 2018, the telecommunications and internet services company CANTV blocked access to the website without giving any statement in this regard.[18]

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. ^ a b "Xvideos.com Traffic, Demographics and Competitors". Alexa. Retrieved 2018-01-17. 
  4. ^ Kurzy.cz. "WGCZ Holding, a.s., Praha IČO 03291715 - Obchodní rejstřík firem". kurzy.cz (in Czech). Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Is the whole world looking at porn? Biggest site gets over FOUR BILLION hits a month". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  6. ^ "'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 Tsika, Noah (October 3, 2016). Pink 2.0: Encoding Queer on the Internet. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. pp. 61–62. ISBN 0253023238. 
  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. ^ "Top Websites in the world - SimilarWeb Website Ranking". www.similarweb.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  13. ^ "Top Adult Websites in the world". www.similarweb.com. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  14. ^ "Xvideos.com has the most subtle but brilliant response to govt's #Pornban". Firstpost. 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  15. ^ 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. 
  16. ^ IBTimes. "Malaysia porn ban: xVideo, PornHub among websites blocked for 'obscene content'". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2017-08-29. 
  17. ^ "Popular porn sites blocked in Philippines". BBC. 2017-01-06. 
  18. ^ "Cantv bloqueó acceso a tres páginas pornográficas en Venezuela". el-nacional.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 17 June 2018.