Pornhub Launches SFW Category in Response to Starbucks' Porn Ban

By Tom Pritchard on at

Yesterday we brought you news that Starbucks had decided enough was enough, and that it would be blocking access to porn on its public WiFi network. Which seems totally reasonable, because nobody wants to go into a Starbucks to see someone consuming the finest adult-on-adult sex action the internet can provide. But Pornhub has taken this opportunity to promote what it says is a brand new category. The SFW category that contains no porn.

To be honest I already though Pornhub had a SFW category, considering there has been a trend of people using the site to host videos deemed unacceptable for YouTube. But if it was there nobody really noticed, because going to Pornhub to watch clean videos is like going to McDonald's for a salad, going to the gym for a pizza, or using Twitter to be considerate of another person's political opinions.

Pornhub vice president Corey Price said:

“While we were aware some people’s preference in a sexual partner mimics that of their coffee, we were unaware that people were acting on such impulses when getting their caffeine fix.

To comply with Starbucks’ new policy, we’ve created an option that allow fans to still enjoy great content to which they are accustomed, but that is appropriate for consumption in public places.”

The downside is that the SFW category isn't quite so squeaky clean as you might expect. Pornhub is still a porn site, and throws up some very adult-oriented adverts that will not go down well in your local coffee house. But even if you throw up an adblock (or you have a Premium account) clicking on a video isn't safe either, and this video of Africa by Toto has some very NSFW recommendations running along the side.

There's also this little feature at the top of the page, which makes absolutely no sense.

Nice stunt Pornhub, but it still needs a bit of work before we can enjoy our favourite resurgent 80s classics in public. [Mashable]