Many websites all around the world, are going through an extremely stressful time right now. Since yesterday, instead of videos about the texts they have written, their sites are showing hardcore pornography.
News sites such as ‘The Washington Post‘, ‘Huffington Post‘ or Polish sites such as ‘Antyradio‘, ‘All about Music‘ and ‘GeekWeek‘ have embedded videos such as ‘I share my sister with a friend’ or ‘Anal massacre of a young blonde’ in their articles from 2014 to 2017, instead of embedded videos about the content of the article.
As it turned out, the reason for the situation is the embedding of clips in articles, from the no longer existing service Vidme. Vid.me was a video hosting and streaming site founded in 2014 that wanted to become the successor to the YouTube platform. Unfortunately, they failed to win against the giant and the site went out of business in 2017.
Apparently porn site 5 Star HD Porn recently bought out the Vidme domain, with the result that all websites that previously embedded clips from Vidme are now displaying hardcore porn clips from 5 Star HD Porn.
It’s also very easy to look it up yourself. Just type vidme + any keyword into a search engine and narrow down the date of the results to 2014-2017 to discover a whole bunch of websites, mostly news sites, that now display pornographic content in their articles.
Some Twitter users also report that a similar situation is happening on the Facebook. There too, old videos from VidMe, are being replaced with pornographic content. Although, given the anti-adult-content automatic algorithms of the social networking platform, they should disappear very quickly.
It is unknown if this is an intentional action by the 5 Star HD Porn site, or if it is simply a complete coincidence due to technical issues. The 5 Star HD Porn site has not yet commented on the topic.
For website owners, this is now quite a problem because, not only are they forced to verify all of their articles from 2014-2017, but if they don’t hurry to remove the embedded content from VidMe, they may face legal issues. At the moment, each of these sites are exposing their users to pornographic content without their consent, and what’s worse, this includes also minors.