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Misleading claim made about Ghanaians being ranked among top visitors of pornhub

Source: The Guardian 3 mins read

Ghana is among the top visitors of pornography website, pornhub.com, according to local media reports.

The chart that is being circulated to back the claim does not entirely represent the top visitors of the website.

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Several online portals have published a story saying that Ghana is one of the top visitors of pornhub.com, a popular pornography website.

Websites that have published the said story include modernghana.com, ashesgyamera.com, thepostghana.com and headquartersgh.blogspot.com

They use a chart released by the pornography website as the basis for the story.

The chart that is being used in those stories. Source: Multiple sources

Verification

The chart used in the stories can indeed be found on the Pornhub website

It was published on March 8, 2019, in a post titled “Big Beautiful Women.”

However, as indicated on the chart, it only reflects the search that is made for a particular kind of content on the website. It is this category of content that has been classified as ‘Big Beautiful Women.’

A chart by Pornhub showing BBW related searches. Source: Pornhub BBW report

Big Beautiful Women (BBW) is just one of the numerous categories of pornography that is available on the website.

“Worldwide, the popularity of BBW searches (as a proportion of all searches) decreased slightly over the last 2 years. That’s not to say that Big Beautiful Women aren’t as popular as ever, but as Pornhub’s traffic has grown in certain parts of the world, other genres make up a larger portion of total searches (for example, Hentai’s popularity in Japan),” part of the report on BBW searches on the website says.

Which countries are leading by traffic to the website?

Unlike the website’s 2019 report, in Pornhub’s 2020 Tech Review, the report about Ghana did not categorically mention the countries that were leading in traffic.

However, it can be deduced from the electronic devices that were used in accessing the website and the countries from which those devices were used. 

Source: www.pornhub.com/insights (2020)

The countries captured in the ‘traffic by device’ chart of 2020 are very similar to the top 20 countries by traffic in the 2019 review report of the pornography website.

Source: www.pornhub.com/insights (2019)

It may be interesting to note that the only country in Africa that has made it to the group of top visitors to pornhub, in recent times, is South Africa.

South Africa was captured in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Review Report of Pornhub as among its top 20 countries by traffic.

Conclusion

Ghana has not been ranked among the top visitors of pornography website, Pornhub. The chart that is being used to back this claim only refers to visitors to just one category of videos on the website.

This report was produced under the Dubawa Student Fact-checking Project aimed at offering students in tertiary schools aspiring to take up roles in the profession the opportunity to acquire real-world experience through verification and fact-checking. 

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