Roku is removing a loophole used by porn providers to target users on the streaming platform despite Roku’s stance on banning the graphic content.

The ban, slated to happen on March 1, 2022, will block the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub, and similar services from offering their channels on the platform.  

Porn services appear as private channels, which are also used by developers for testing purposes, allowing them to bypass approval needed to display channels in the Roku store to users.

However, Roku last month that it is removing the private channels and replacing them with beta channels that lets developers test with up to 20 users before publishing.  

This is set to happen on March 1, 2022 and will block the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub, and similar services from offering their channels on the platform

The company held its annual developer conference last month where it announced new processes on how it will handle channels on its Channel Store going forward, but the under

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    Roku has come under fire in the past for its private channels, due to illegal content being easily accessed. 

    In 2017, Roku lost a legal suit in Mexico over piracy, which resulted in the firm’s device

    Porn services appear as private channels, which are also used by developers for testing purposes, allowing them to bypass approval needed to display channels in the Roku store to users

    Roku announced that it is removing the private channels and replacing them with beta channels that lets developers test with up to 20 users before publishing. Roku currently shows warning messages when a user attempts to access private channels (pictured)

    The issue stemmed from users watching pirated channels that were offered on the streaming platform as private channels.

    Roku began showing warning messages following the legal battle, notifying users it may remove uncertified channels that contain illegal content without notice.

    It also warned that it could ban repeat infringers from accessing other uncertified channels.

    Apple TV also does not allow pornographic content, mainly due to the fact the device does not have a web browser. 

    However, users can mirror adultadult content through Apple TV and on to their television through AirPlay.

    Roku has come under fire in the past for its private channels, due to illegal content being easily accessed. The issue was users were watching pirated channels that were offered on the streaming platform as private channels

    Roku’s announcement to remove the loophole could, however, send many users flocking to other smart TV platform providers that are strict when it comes to private channels.

    Amazon’s Fire TV and Google’s Android TV platform allow users to watch porn and do so anonymously because these services have a browser.

    OnlyFans, which has become the go-to place for creators to post explicit photos and videos, made a similar announcement in August, but made a U-turn a few days later.

    On August 19, the U.K.-based company  it was banning pornography starting October 1 ‘to comply with the requests of our banking partners and payout providers,’ an OnlyFans spokesperson confirmed to DailyMail.com in an email. 

    Chief executive Tim Stokely claimed the change was prompted by ‘unfair’ banks who were concerned about ‘reputational risk.’ He named three banks – Metro Bank, JPMorgan Chase and Bank of New York Mellon. 

    , the company dropped its plans.

    Some Twitter users speculated that the whole series of events was a huge publicity stunt, but OnlyFans insisted that it had ‘suspended’ the change having ‘secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community.’

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