Instagram removes PornHub’s accounts.

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Instagram has removed the official account for PornHub as pressure from campaigners against the site grows. Before PornHub’s Instagram account was removed, the account reportedly had 13.1 million followers and more than 6,200 posts. It is said that following Instagram’s guidelines, PornHub didn’t share non-pornographic videos and images, but the posts did directly promote pornography. The account also featured videos and media content that encouraged people to become pornography performers.

On its Instagram account, Pornhub shared nonpornographic videos and images. However, it had “directly promoted pornography” and featured videos like “Next Career Goal” encouraging people to become pornography performers, according to Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. The NCOSE had been among a group of advocates that has lobbied Instagram to remove Pornhub.

While Instagram hasn’t revealed the reason behind pulling down PornHub account, it is assumed to be due to pressure from civil rights groups. The move comes after Visa and Mastercard cut off payment privileges of TrafficJunky, which is the advertising arm of Pornhub parent company MindGeek. To recall, in 2020, Visa and Mastercard stopped processing payments on PornHub due to the presence of “unlawful content” on the platform.

 

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