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Instagram removes Pornhub’s account

The popular Instagram account for Pornhub has been suspended by the social media network.

Pornhub had more than 6,200 posts and 13.1 million followers on Instagram before the account was deleted. A request for comment was not answered by representatives of Instagram’s parent company, Meta.

The action was taken after Visa and Mastercard revoked TrafficJunky’s payment credentials, the advertising division of MindGeek, the parent company of Pornhub.

That came after a federal court decision in July that denied Visa’s request to be excluded from a case in which MindGeek is accused of distributing child pornography and in which it is claimed that Visa deliberately made it easier for MindGeek to monetize the unlawful content.

Pornhub had posted non-pornographic videos and photographs to its Instagram account. Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, said that it had “directly promoted pornography” and included movies like “Next Career Goal” that encouraged people to become pornography performers.

The NCOSE was one of many supporters that urged Instagram to take down Pornhub.

It’s time for all corporate entities to follow Instagram’s brave decision to quit working with Pornhub, according to Hawkins. “We are thankful that Instagram has listened to the voices of sexual abuse survivors who have personally suffered because of Pornhub’s voracious thirst for profit,” said one of the survivors.

It’s time for all corporate entities to follow Instagram’s brave decision to quit working with Pornhub, according to Hawkins. “We are thankful that Instagram has listened to the voices of sexual abuse survivors who have personally suffered because of Pornhub’s voracious thirst for profit,” said one of the survivors.

Both Pornhub’s official YouTube channel (882,000 subscribers) and its Twitter account (3.4 million followers each) continue to be active, sharing “safe for work” video content.

Feras Antoon, the CEO of MindGeek, and David Tassillo, the COO, resigned in June. Additionally, an undetermined number of workers were let go by the Montreal, Quebec-based business.

Serena Fleites is the plaintiff in the lawsuit against MindGeek in which Visa is named as a defendant. At the age of 13, Serena claimed that her then-boyfriend forced her to make a sexually explicit film, which he then reportedly uploaded to Pornhub without her knowledge or consent.

Fleites is one of over two dozen individuals who filed a lawsuit against Pornhub and MindGeek last year, accusing the companies of monetizing child pornography, rape movies, trafficked content, and stolen content.

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