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Pornhub Makes Premium Version Free for All Americans to Fight Coronavirus

Pornhub Makes Premium Version Free for All Americans to Fight Coronavirus

Pornhub on Tuesday made its premium offering free in the United States and across the world in the name of fighting the spreading coronavirus.

“With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time,” Pornhub vice president Corey Price said in a statement.

“We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve.”

Citizens of the world can sign up for Pornhub Premium at the site’s “StayHome” landing page. Access will be free-of-charge for a month, until April 23, the company said.

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A message to new premium members apologizes describes demand for the service as “overwhelming.”

The adult film website, which is the largest of its kind, had previously unlocked the select content for residents of Italy, Spain and France after the countries issued lockdown orders.

In recent days, the governors of at least 18 U.S. states have issued stay-at-home directives affecting about half the nation’s population. The sweeping orders are aimed at slowing the virus’ spread but has upended daily life as schools and businesses shutter indefinitely.

Nationwide, COVID-19 has infected more than 53,000 people and killed at least 720 with World Health Organization officials warning the United States could become the global epicenter of the pandemic, which broke out late last year in Wuhan, China.

Free Pornhub Pemium is just part of the company’s coronavirus response

Pornhub also announced a number of other contributions to the global response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus.

The company said it is donating 30,000 surgical masks to New York Fire departments, with half going to medics and the other half to Uniformed Firefighters Association Local 94.

Pornhub pledged another 20,000 surgical masks to New York-based Mount Sinai South Nassau, and €50,000 to various European organizations to help them buy the masks, which are in scarcity worldwide.

In support of sex workers whose livelihood has been disrupted by the coronavirus, Pornhub said it would donate 85 percent of videos sales, from both its signature site and Modelhub, to affected adult film performers and $25,000 to the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

Joe Calderone, Mount Sinai’s communications chief, expressed gratitude on behalf of the hospital.

“We very much appreciate the offer from Pornhub to donate 20,000 surgical masks to help protect our healthcare workers and patients at Mount Sinai South Nassau during the COVID-19 crisis,” he said in a statement. “These masks are mission critical in the fight against the COVID pandemic.”

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Calderone added: “A very big well done to Pornhub for doing its part. If only all companies could show the same sort of innovative generosity.”

The Trump stimulus

In a different kind of stimulus package, the Senate and the Trump administration agreed early Wednesday on a roughly $2 trillion measure that would send direct payments and jobless benefits to individuals, as well as money to states and businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The legislation, which was still being finalized, was expected to be enacted within days. It would be the largest fiscal stimulus package in modern U.S. history.

The measure includes a massive infusion of aid, including loan programs for hard-hit industries and small businesses, direct payments of up to $3,000 to millions of U.S. families, expanded unemployment aid, and billions for hospitals and health systems.

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