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YouTube Becomes Third Big Platform to Ban Pornhub

'Pornhub has lost yet another means to market and profit from exploitation, and we are grateful to YouTube for removing the account of this predatory enterprise...'

(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) YouTube has become the third large social media platform to cut ties with Pornhub over concerns of pervasive child abuse.

According to the Daily Wire, Big Tech companies such as Meta/Instagram and TikTok have also removed the associated accounts; corporations such as Visa, Mastercard, Roku, Comcast, Unilever, Kraft-Heinz and PayPal have also distanced themselves from the platform.

“Upon review, we terminated the channel Pornhub Official following multiple violations of our Community Guidelines,” YouTube spokesperson Jack Malon said, according to Variety.

“We enforce our policies equally for everyone, and channels that repeatedly violate or are dedicated to violative content are terminated.”

Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, is currently facing several lawsuits from victims of child sex trafficking.

Laila Mickelwait, founder of the Traffickinghub movement, celebrated the ban and encouraged Twitter owner Elon Musk to take similar action.

Nonprofit known as the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) also celebrated the ban.

“Pornhub has lost yet another means to market and profit from exploitation, and we are grateful to YouTube for removing the account of this predatory enterprise,” NCSE’s Lina Nealon said in a statement.

“Pornhub was driving people directly to their pornography site – a violation of YouTube’s policies,” Nealon added. “Mounting evidence shows [the site] is rife with child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, rape, and image-based sexual abuse.”

MindGeek claimed that they did not violate any of the platform’s guidelines.

“Pornhub maintains the absolute best trust and safety measures on the internet and takes special care to ensure it does not violate any of YouTube’s Community Guidelines,” a statement from the company said.

MindGeek also claimed that the ban was an attack on “sex workers.”

“Unfortunately, this is just the latest example of discrimination against those in the adult industry, a trend seen across social media and all other facets of life, especially as groups disingenuously conflate consensual adult content with exploitation.”

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