A Bunch of News Websites Had Hardcore Porn Embedded After a Defunct Video Hosting Service Was Purchased By a Porn Company

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The perils of an ever-changing World Wide Web caused an embarrassing situation for a number of mainstream media companies, after a porn company purchased the expired domain of a defunct video hosting service, leading to videos of hardcore sex scenes being embedded on websites that normally publish far more PG-rated fare.

According to a report by Vice, the porno ambush happened after Vidme, a video hosting site that sought to compete with YouTube, closed up operations in 2017, and Vidme’s domain was purchased by 5 Star Porn HD, and the porn company subsequently switched both Vidme’s homepage as well as all of its vid.me embeds to play
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