Pornhub Removes Majority of Videos in a Victory for Anti-Trafficking Ministry

The anti-trafficking ministry Exodus Cry is celebrating significant progress in its fight to take down the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub, which announced Monday that it had pulled millions of unverified videos. It said the move could represent “one of the most significant actions ever taken against criminal porn.”

Exodus Cry’s long campaign against Pornhub recently got a major boost from a December 4 investigation by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, which has spurred political and economic fallout for the site.

Kristof’s exposé detailed what the ministry’s director of abolition, Laila Mickelwait, had been saying through its Traffickinghub campaign for years: Videos of assault involving underage girls, rape, and other exploitative content continue to be posted and reposted on the user-generated porn site, and the company is not doing enough to stop it.

The story led to new scrutiny by politicians in the US and Canada, where Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, is based. Pornhub executives have been called to testify in Parliament in Ottawa, and Christian senators Josh Hawley and Ben Sasse introduced a bill last week giving victims more legal ground to fight back against sites like Pornhub when clips and images are distributed online without their consent.

Sasse has also called for a Justice Department investigation, telling National Reviewlast Thursday, “Just the other day Pornhub was insisting that it didn’t have a problem with rape and assault videos and that its ‘vast team of human moderators’ was magically working around the clock to review the 2.8 hours of video that were uploaded to the site every minute. Today, they’re doing a complete 180 by changing their policies. These new changes underscore the need for a full DOJ investigation.”

Discover, Visa, and Mastercard announced last week that they would no longer process payments from the site due to the unlawful material uploaded. Pornhub’s decision to remove and ban unverified uploads applies to an estimated two-thirds of the videos hosted on its site, with the site’s own search tally dropping from 13.5 million to 4.7 million overnight, according to Vice.

An announcement on Pornh claims it has better policies than other platforms and blames Exodus Cry and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation for targeting the site. “These are organizations dedicated to abolishing pornography, banning material they claim is obscene, and shutting down commercial sex work.”

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Source: Christianity Today