|Type of business||Pornographic|
Type of site
|Pornographic video sharing|
|Founded||March 12, 2006|
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Alexa rank||1,869 (January 2020[update])|
Xtube is a pornographic video hosting service and social networking site based in Toronto, Ontario. It was established in 2006 and is notable for being the first adult community site to allow users to upload and share adult videos. Xtube is not a producer of pornography, instead it provides a platform for content uploaded by users. User-submitted content includes pornographic videos, webcam models, pornographic photographs, and erotic literature, and incorporates social networking features.
Founded in 2006 by Ontario, Canada-based Webnovas Technologies, Xtube is owned by MindGeek, having been acquired between 2006 and 2010 by the then managing partner of MindGeek (then known as Manwin) Fabian Thylmann. It is part of the Pornhub NETWORK, which is a group of interlinked pornographic video sharing websites, most of which are owned by MindGeek.
The website allows visitors to view pornographic videos from a number of categories, including professional and amateur pornography. Users can take advantage of several features, including sharing videos on social media websites and liking or disliking them. Users may also optionally register a free Xtube account, which additionally allows them to post comments, download videos and add videos to their favorites, as well as upload videos themselves. To combat the proliferation of illegal content, users are encouraged to flag videos they deem inappropriate, which are immediately reviewed by the Xtube team and removed if they violate the website's terms of service.
XTube claims that it has over 9 million registered users, and it has an Alexa Internet global traffic rank of 871, and a United States traffic rank of 705 (as of April 2018).
Xtube provides various pornographic videos, photos, and erotic stories grouped under categories catering to specific fetishes or sexual preferences. Users uploading content select from a series of set categories. The most popular category being "amateur". Xtube also contains several social networking features. Users have detailed profiles incorporating their profile picture, cover photos and gender, as well as personal information in an about me section that contains turn ons, turn offs, favorite music, hobbies, fantasies, interests and ideal partners. Content possesses a commenting and rating system, and users can interact by adding others as a "friend" or subscribing to another's content. Privacy settings allow users to make various parts of the account visible only to select individuals, filter private messages, and block certain requests. Users can also verify their identity by submitting a photo of themselves with their username, which confers verified a mark upon their profile and the user's videos.
Xtube generates revenues partly through advertising and partly through sharing revenue with amateur performers who sell their material on the site. It provides a micro-payment platform enabling amateur producers to receive 42.5% of the net profit for the sale of their work.
Other features that are offered on Xtube include live cams, watching and selling premium videos and photos, uploading free content, and DVD subscriptions.
The site also allows users to interact through comments, and material on the site is organized using user generated tags. Registration is optional, and some content can be accessed free of charge without requiring registration.
In popular culture
Xtube was mentioned on the Late Night show on January 18, 2017, when Billy Eichner was hosted by Stephen Colbert. Billy said that he will be performing MMA after the inauguration of Donald Trump and will be uploaded on Xtube.
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