On Sunday, January 19th, 2020: join the first collective observation of the Pornhub algorithm ;)

On Sunday, January 19th, 2020: join the first collective observation of the Pornhub algorithm πŸ˜‰

We are the tracking.exposed team and our main objective is to put a spotlight on user tracking, profiling, and the wider data market by performing an open algorithmic analysis. We believe that, as long as the operation of recommendation systems remains obscure, the many side-effects of the platform economy cannot be understood and grappled with on a societal level.

After the development of infrastructure and analysis tools facebook.tracking.exposed and youtube.tracking.exposed, we decided to take inspiration from the 34th rule of the internet: There is porn of it. No exceptions.

So, are now also focusing on online porn giant PornHub, trying to unpack the hidden logic of user profiling!

We do it because personalization algorithms have the potential to shape public perception, and Pornhub claims to implement some kind of personalization!

To do this, we need your help! Join our global test and explore for yourself how the Pornhub experience varies between users that are performing the same actions. You have to follow an 8 step script. (hard work for a Sunday!)

After the test is completed and the evidence analyzed, we will release the dataset, along with some research and a final report, around January 30th, 2020.

You can find our browser extension on the pornhub.tracking.exposed website: it is necessary to participate, and collects what Pornhub sends to you. Participation is anonymous, the extension can be used in Incognito/Private mode if you allow it, and for extra safety, you can even do the test with a browser you normally do not use (the extension runs in both Firefox and Chrome).

The test is simple β€” just follow the script you’ll find at this address: https://pornhub.tracking.exposed/potest/1. All you have to do is to click on a few links, and we’ll do the rest: by comparing multiple observations coming from our participants, we’ll measure how frequently personalized changes happen.

The test is not safe for work! We kindly ask you to watch the two videos that we selected after months of exhausting research, but if you don’t like them, don’t worry! Twenty seconds are enough for the extension to collect data and send it back to us. Of course, you retain full control of the evidence you send to us: by clicking on the extension icon, you can open your personal page, where you can ultimately delete everything you sent us or play with our basic data analysis functionality.


Thank you,

The pornhub.tracking.exposed team

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