Pornhub top executives resign over allegations of non-consensual, underage sex videos

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Two senior executives at the company behind leading adult website Pornhub have quit after accusations that the platform hosts non-consensual and underage sex videos.

Feras Antoon and David Tassillo – who are CEOs and COOs at Mindgeek – have stepped down after more than 10 years following a scathing report on the company’s practices by The New Yorker magazine.

In a recent statement, MindGeek, whose sites such as Pornhub, Brazzers and RedTube are viewed by 150 million people every day, said: “”Antoon and Tassillo are leaving MindGeek’s day-to-day operations after more than a decade in senior roles. management within the company. .”

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He added that. “MindGeek’s management team will manage day-to-day operations on an interim basis, with an ongoing search for replacements.”



General Manager Feras Antoon has resigned

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

The company’s statement also criticized The New Yorker’s exposure which highlighted how a 15-year-old British girl had struggled to remove explicit videos of herself that had been uploaded to their sites without her consent.

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Chief Executive David Tassillo has also resigned
Chief Executive David Tassillo has also resigned

“The New Yorker has had the opportunity to seriously assess what works in the fight against illegal material on the Internet by examining the facts, comparing platform policies and studying the results,” the MindGeek statement continued.

“Instead, they chose 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 characterization errors as anti-porn extremists. vomited for decades.”

Originally named Manwin, Mindgeek also faced a lawsuit last year alleging he violated federal sex trafficking and child pornography laws by allowing and profiting from the posting of pornographic videos featuring persons under the age of 18.

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Scheduled to go to trial in 2023, the class action claims have been denied by Mindgeek.

And, in 2020, Visa Inc and Mastercard Inc suspended payment processing on Pornhub after a New York Times report found illegal content on its website.

Pornhub responded in a statement saying the report was “irresponsible and blatantly untrue” in its suggestion that child sexual abuse images be allowed on its site.

He added that he employed moderators to filter each upload and remove illegal material.

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