This Leading Virtual Reality Firm is Saying “No” to Porn

When virtual reality (VR) headsets started hitting the market a few years ago, the porn industry was ready.

Wasting no time, one of the largest porn sites launched a VR pornography section and began to give away thousands of headsets. All to attract its “customers” to the 360 degree, immersive, porn experience where the user feels like they are in the room with the performer.

With the impending boom of VR on the horizon, it looked like the porn industry was on the brink of a gold rush.

But then, THE VOID took a stand.

THE VOID is a virtual reality entertainment corporation that is quickly becoming a leader in the industry.

And they just made a public announcement that they will never support virtual reality porn.

The three founders of the VR company, Ken Bretschneider, Curtis Hickman, and James Jensen, contacted the anti-porn group Fight the New Drug to announce their commitment to keeping their VR space porn-free.

“I always say that I could have already been a billionaire if I wanted to because I’ve been approached about streaming porn a lot,” Jensen, THE VOID’s chief visionary officer, told Fight the New Drug, which is a member of the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation. “If it was about money and not about family or considering lives it would destroy, I could be a billionaire. For me, it’s a solid no every time.”

“I believe that those who create content have a responsibility to provide what society is looking for that isn’t detrimental to it and that’s what the challenge of being an artist is,” noted Hickman, the chief creative officer.

Pornography does a lot of damage to society as a whole and I don’t want to be the author of something like that

“We’ve got more than enough worlds to create that are based off telling stories and we think that’s what’s going to be engaging for people,” Bretschneider  said. “Our audience is looking for immersive experiences that include action, adventure, fantasy, horror, science-fiction, and more, and this is what we will deliver.”

“It’s the mission of THE VOID to create content that is in the promotion of good things. It’s about creating work that will benefit society. Pornography does a lot of damage to society as a whole and I don’t want to be the author of something like that,” added Hickman. “I challenge other VR groups to do the same thing. Just be very clear on where you stand and let the world know we’re going to do a lot of good with VR.”

The Numbers

300+

NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

100+

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

93

NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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