A simple trick that involves YouTube’s private sharing function allowed porn pirates to get around YouTube’s safeguards for pornography.

YouTube’s private sharing function works well if you just want to share a video with a more limited audience due to privacy reasons. Some of its advantages are,

  • You can share it with select people for a feedback on your video
  • You can upload your private videos without letting the world know and share it with your loved ones.
  • You can use it as an Exclusive access to winners (of a contest) or with your top fans.
  • You can use it to communicate with your friends privately (video message).

This hack was reported by TorrentFreak (a publication dedicated to bringing the latest news about copyright and privacy cases.) YouTube has been already a home to numerous pirated music videos, and other content that they are still fighting to abolish by using their Content-ID software. It is the software that looks through videos and compares them with others out there to see if they include copyright content.

‘While YouTube doesn’t allow people to upload porn, there are many adult sites that use the site as a hosting provider,’ Torrentfreak said.

Although there are tons of X-rated and soft-core content available on YouTube when you search specifically for porn on YouTube, but YouTube is trying their best to cut short that number. Even if you are browsing simple, entertaining videos, you are bound to stumble upon these kinds of content which are clearly not safe for children and YouTube’s global image.

But, content pirates/hackers always find another way to upload adult content on YouTube. This time, they used YouTube’s private sharing function and it worked perfectly for them. By using private sharing function, they uploaded their content on YouTube by keeping it in private more so that they can embed these videos on their websites.

And the irony of this situation is that even Content-ID was not able to locate such private X-rated videos as YouTube’s piracy checking software as a private sharing function can bypass Google’s Content-ID takedown system.

Scrap Private Sharing Function

California-based adult content-maker Dreamroom Productions suggested removing YouTube’s private sharing video function as it has made it much harder for producers to hunt down and flag infringing material since the videos are not shared publicly.

Also, if you host a YouTube video on your third party website and run an advertisement against it, then first – it’s illegal, and second – the website owner can earn loads of ad revenue. These porn pirates use YouTube mainly for its “free hosting service,” which allows them to embed anywhere and earn revenue through it.

The same scenario happened a couple of years back when a group of Irish content pirates used secret phrase “scannán” to upload pornographic content on YouTube. And removing such content-ID requests take up to three weeks; which is enough time for those pirates to re-upload in another domain.


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