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Pornhub chiefs resign amid allegations

Online Safety
22 June 2022

The bosses of world's largest pornography websites have resigned after allegations that videos of women and girls posted without consent remained online for years on their watch.

US outlets report that Feras Antoon and David Tasillo, CEO and COO of MindGeek, the company behind major sites Pornhub, RedTube and Brazzers, abruptly handed in their notice last night.

Pornhub came under fire last year for a litany of safeguarding failures highlighted by campaigners, prompting Mastercard and Visa to cut ties with the site.

A bill was also introduced to the US Congress to enable victims of "sexual assault, trafficking and revenge porn" to sue porn sites that host videos without consent.

In a New Yorker article published last week, a woman identified as Rachel said explicit videos taken of her when she was just 15 appear on the site.

She wrote to Pornhub, saying, “I don’t know what to do because every time I get them removed you keep allowing them to be uploaded its ruining my life.”

CARE is campaigning for porn sites to be properly held to account, and is engaging with the UK Government's Online Safety Bill, which could bring tougher regulation.

We campaigned successfully for age verification measures to be included in the UK bill and are currently working with MPs to ensure provisions are fit for purpose.

To find out more about our work on this issue, visit our cause page | CARE for Online Safety

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