posted by Charleyy Hodson

It’s far too easy.

YouTube may have had their problems over the past few years, but you’d think that by 2017 most of their wrinkles had been ironed out to leave a functional and non-problematic website behind, right? Well, we hoped so too, but it turns out there’s a very sinister side to YouTube that not even Google have control over as people have started to take advantage of YouTube’s backdoor hosting to upload porn and share it across the web for free.

If you’ve ever uploaded your own video, but chose not to set it public, you’ve been given a “direct link” to send to friends and family, correct? Well, this is the exact same system adult pornography websites have been using as it side-steps YouTube’s Content-ID takedown services, in addition avoiding their sexual content ban – because the video hasn’t actually been fully published. Instead, you’ll find these videos listed from a googlevideo.com domain name.

By using this loophole, people are able to host porn on YouTube with zero cost whilst also taking advantage of its “reliable hosting services”. Once these videos have a direct link, they can be shared onto other websites to generate their own ad revenue and traffic; whilst all the time sitting comfortably on YouTube. Unfortunately though, even when they do get caught, it can take up to three weeks before the video is taken down.

This shocking discovery comes at a time when child porn has also been spotted on the website with specific keyword searches – as a reaction, the #YouTubeStopChildPorn trend appeared on Twitter earlier this month. TorrentFreak have reached out for comment from Google but they’ve not said a word on the issue and seem to be tackling the problem under the radar.

We’ll let you know if this story goes any further, but please, if you do find any porn on YouTube, report it as soon as possible.

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