Pornhub Removes Majority of Videos in a Victory for Exodus Cry

But the fight against exploitation continues with new momentum from Nick Kristof investigation.

The anti-trafficking ministry Exodus Cry is celebrating significant progress in its fight to take down the world’s largest porn site, Pornhub, which announced Monday that it had pulled millions of unverified videos.

Exodus Cry’s long campaign against Pornhub got a major boost from a recent investigation by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, which has spurred political and economic fallout for the site.

Kristof’s December 4 exposé detailed what the ministry’s director of abolition, Laila Mickelwait, had been saying through its Traffickinghub campaign for years: Videos of assault involving underage girls, rape, and other exploitative content continue to be posted and reposted on the user-generated porn site, and the company is not doing enough to stop it.

The story led to new scrutiny by politicians in the US and Canada, where Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek, is based. Pornhub executives have been called to testify in Parliament in Ottawa, and Christian senators Josh Hawley and Ben Sasse introduced a bill last week giving victims more legal ground to fight back against sites like Pornhub when clips and images are distributed online without their consent.

Discover, Visa, and Mastercard announced last week that they would no longer process payments from the site due to the unlawful material uploaded. Pornhub’s decision to remove and ban unverified videos applies to an estimated two-thirds of the videos hosted on its site, with the site’s own search tally dropping from 13.5 million to 4.7 million, according to Vice. Prior to this move, anyone could create an account to upload content to the site without identity verification, proof of consent, or prior review.

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