XVideos

Pornographic video sharing and viewing website
  • Stephane Michael Pacaud
URLwww.xvideos.comAdvertisingYesCommercialYesRegistrationOptionalLaunched1 March 2007; 17 years ago (2007-03-01)Current statusOnlineWritten inHTML, JavaScript, PHP

XVideos, stylized as XVIDEOS, is a pornographic video sharing and viewing website. Founded in Paris in 2007, the website is now registered to the Czech company WGCZ Holding.[2][4] As of October 2023[update], it is the most visited pornographic website and the 9th most visited website in the world.[5]

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]

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.[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 (now Aylo), 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 ranking

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

XNXX, another site owned by WGCZ Holding, 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]

See also

References

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  6. ^ Mark Kernes (5 June 2018). "Penthouse Bankruptcy Auction Results in New Ownership". avn.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  7. ^ Gustavo Turner (2 January 2020). "Private Media Group Acquired by XVideos Parent Company WGCZ". XBIZ. Archived from the original on 16 December 2020. 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. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved November 22, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "Naked capitalism". The Economist. September 26, 2015. Archived from the original on February 12, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ Yagielowicz, Stephen (April 4, 2012). "Report: The Internet Really Is for Porn". XBIZ. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ "XVideos.com Tube Site Accused of Strong-Arming Uploaders". AVN. August 13, 2014. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  12. ^ "Online porn websites promote 'sexually violent' videos". BBC News. 5 April 2021. Archived from the original on 8 April 2022. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  13. ^ Kristof, Nicholas (16 April 2021). "Why Do We Let Corporations Profit From Rape Videos?". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2021-04-16.
  14. ^ "xnxx.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. August 2021. Archived from the original on 2022-03-07. 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. Archived from the original on 2022-01-20. Retrieved 2022-01-20.