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Pornhub’s top executives resign after allegations the site hosts non-consensual and underage sex videos

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Pornhub’s owner company, Mindgeek, whose websites are visited by 150 million people a day, has consistently denied allegations of wrongdoing at its practice, despite the resignations

Two top executives at the company behind leading adult site Pornhub have resigned after being accused of the platform hosting non-consensual and underage sex videos.

Feras Antoon and David Tassillo – who are Mindgeek’s chief executive officer and chief operating officer – resigned after more than 10 years after The New Yorker published a damning report on the company’s practices.

In a recent statement, MindGeek, whose sites like Pornhub, Brazzers and RedTube are visited by 150 million people every day, said: “Antoon and Tassillo are leaving the day-to-day operations of MindGeek after more than a decade in leadership positions at the company.”

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That added it. “MindGeek’s leadership team will temporarily run day-to-day operations while a replacement is sought.”

A spokesman for Luxembourg-based MindGeek also said the two men’s plan to resign had been in the works since early 2022, adding that both would remain shareholders in the company, reports The Daily Mail.

The company’s statement also criticized The New Yorker’s disclosure, which highlighted how a 15-year-old British girl had fought to have explicit videos of herself uploaded to her sites without her consent removed.

“The New Yorker had an opportunity to seriously evaluate what works in fighting illegal material online by looking at the facts, comparing platforms’ policies, and examining the results,” MindGeek’s statement continued.

“Instead, they have chosen to ignore the fact that MindGeek has more comprehensive and effective policies than any other major platform on the internet, and decided to peddle the same gross mischaracterizations that anti-porn extremists have been spewing out for decades.”

Originally named Manwin, Mindgeek was also hit by a lawsuit last year alleging it violated federal sex trafficking and child pornography laws by allowing and benefiting from its users to post pornographic videos featuring anyone under the age of 18.

The class action lawsuit allegations, which are expected to go to trial in 2023, have been dismissed by Mindgeek.

And in 2020, Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc stopped processing payments on Pornhub after a New York Times report found unlawful content on their site.

Pornhub responded in a statement that the report was “irresponsible and patently untrue” as it proposed allowing child sexual abuse images on its site.

It added that it uses moderators to review each upload and remove illegal material.

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