Instagram terminates the account of Pornhub

Instagram terminates the account of Pornhub

Instagram has shut down the verified social media account for Pornhub.

According to Variety, the adult website’s Instagram account had more than 6,200 posts and 13.1 million followers before it was deleted, some of which contained non-pornographic videos and photographs.

However, according to Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, who pushed Instagram to delete Pornhub’s account, it did “directly [promote] pornography.” Reels were allegedly seen on the page promoting the advantages of being an erotic performer.

“Instagram was right to remove Pornhub from its platform for violating its community standards given the increasing reports of Pornhub hosting child sexual abuse material (CSAM), sex trafficking, filmed rape, and non-consensual videos and images,” Hawkins said in a statement(Opens in a new window).

“Instagram served as a distribution partner with this criminal enterprise, helping to push millions to their website, including children,” she continued. “We are grateful that Instagram has heard the voices of sexual abuse survivors who have been personally harmed by Pornhub’s insatiable appetite for profit.”

This is the latest blow to Pornhub, whose advertising arm TrafficJunky was cut off last month from accepting payments from Mastercard and Visa. The financial firms previously suspended credit card services in December 2020, after Pornhub was found to be circulating child pornography and sex-trafficking videos. The freeze also covers affiliated advertising services with Porhub parent company MindGeek.

In June, following an investigation by the New Yorker(Opens in a new window) (which suggested Pornhub hosted nonconsensual videos and CSAM for years), MindGeek CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo resigned(Opens in a new window); the Canada-based company also laid off(Opens in a new window) an unknown number of employees.

“Instagram is courageously choosing to stop partnering with Pornhub and it is time for all corporate entities to follow its example,” Hawkins said. The website’s Twitter account and YouTube channel (where users can find “safe for work content”)—with 3.4 million followers and 883,000 subscribers, respectively—remain active.

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