Pornhub Faces Massive Opposition Following Major Exposé

By January 13, 2021January 20th, 2021For Parents, Harms of Porn, Porn's Impact on Kids
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The issue of pornography and the harms to kids is receiving recognition around the world following the publication of a major New York Times story exposing mega-porn site Pornhub. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof penned the piece after lengthy consultation with Culture Reframed.

“The Children of Pornhub” examines the lives of kids that were changed forever when videos of their abuse were uploaded to the site, and then shared countless times by users. Kristof writes that Pornhub is “infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes.” Pornhub’s parent company is MindGeek, a Montreal-based corporation.

The New York Times piece has been picked up by other media around the globe, and is resulting in a number of large-scale responses. Visa and MasterCard initially cut ties with Pornhub (however, Visa has already started backpedaling); Pornhub announced it will restrict users’ download and upload ability, removing 10 million “unverified” videos from its site; the Canadian government has called for executives at the Montreal-based Pornhub to answer for recent allegations before an Ottawa parliamentary committee; 40 women sued MindGeek for $80 million, for profiting from videos of child sexual exploitation; and MindGeek was also hit with a $600 million class action suit seeking restitution on behalf of children whose videos were uploaded to Pornhub. 

Culture Reframed Founder & President Dr. Gail Dines said, “We need to continue to build awareness about the harms of pornography on women, children, and the culture, and to demand industry regulations. Never before has the issue received this much press. But governments and corporations will only respond if we continue to build the power of this movement. We’ve shown that blowing the whistle works, but we can’t let this be another PR stunt by Pornhub that doesn’t result in real change.”


Culture Reframed has been chipping away at the porn industry for the last decade:

2012: Culture Reframed’s Dr. Gail Dines is among the first academics and activists to identify MindGeek (formerly Manwin), a behemoth Canadian corporation, as the entity behind  internet giant Pornhub.

2013: U.S. Dept. of Justice calls on Dr. Dines as the expert witness in its groundbreaking Third Circuit ruling against the MindGeek-funded Free Speech Coalition, protecting children by requiring age verification for all people involved with producing porn.

2018: Culture Reframed Founder Dr. Dines and Board member Dr. David Levy publicly expose MindGeek and its business interests as the major force behind deregulated, easily accessed, violent, online porn.

September 2020: Dr. Dines provides extensive background to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof for his exposé of Pornhub.

Dec. 4, 2020: Kristof’s New York Times article, “The Children of Pornhub,” reveals how Pornhub promotes easy access to videos of child rape and abuse, and scenes of violence, such aswomen being asphyxiated with plastic bags, setting off a firestorm of reaction.

Dec. 10, 2020: Visa and MasterCard initially cut ties with Pornhub. (Within two weeks, VISA started backpedaling.

Dec. 14, 2020: Pornhub announces it will restrict users’ download and upload ability, removing 10 million “unverified” videos from its site.

Dec. 16, 2020: 40 women sue MindGeek, owner of Pornhub, for $80 million, for profiting from videos of child sexual exploitation. 

Dec. 29, 2020: a $600 million class action lawsuit was filed against MindGeek on behalf of the harmed children.

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Where are your kids getting their sex education? Their smartphones? In this digital age, it’s critical for young people to have trusted adults to help them build resilience and resistance to hypersexualized media and porn. Check out Culture Reframed’s free online Programs for Parents of Tweens and Program for Parents of Teens.


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