YouTube Removes Pornhub Account

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Washington, DC (December 16, 2022) – The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) applauded YouTube for removing Pornhub’s verified account (with 900k subscribers). This decision comes on the heels of TikTok’s removal of Pornhub’s account earlier this week, and of Instagram’s removal of Pornhub’s account several months ago. 

Earlier today, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation flagged content from Pornhub’s account it believed was in violation of several YouTube policies. After review, YouTube alerted NCOSE that they had terminated the channel for violations of their Community Guidelines. 

“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. Pornhub was driving people directly to their pornography site – a violation of YouTube’s policies –which mounting evidence shows is rife with child sexual abuse material, sex trafficking, rape, and image-based sexual abuse,” said Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. 

“Given that Pornhub’s YouTube account was still accessible even when SafeSearch was on, it risked leading children to view the videos of women being raped, children being abused, extreme acts of violence and racism that are so pervasive on Pornhub. It also served as de facto advertising for this criminal company.  

“No mainstream company should partner with Pornhub, which profits from and has built its entire business model on sexually exploiting people,” Nealon said.

Visa, Mastercard, Roku, Comcast, Unilever, Kraft-Heinz, PayPal, Instagram, and TikTok are among a growing list of corporations that have rightfully cut ties with Pornhub.

There are currently 14 class action lawsuits worldwide filed by survivors of child sexual exploitation and image-based sexual abuse against Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek. NCOSE’s Law Center is co-counsel in one class action lawsuit against Pornhub on behalf of two survivors of childhood sex trafficking whose videos and images of their sexual abuse were posted on Pornhub and other MindGeek-owned sites., and co-counsel in a lawsuit against XHamster and MindGeek filed on behalf of 9 women who were secretly filmed while changing in a college locker room for a field hockey game, and the footage of which was then uploaded to XHamster and Pornhub.

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About National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE)
Founded in 1962, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national non-partisan organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health harms of pornography.

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