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Instagram deletes PornHub account after growing pressure from advertisers

Instagram has removed the official account after growing pressure from campaigners against PornHub.

This news was first reported Variety, at the time it was taken down, stated that PornHub’s Instagram account had 13.1 million followers and 6,200 posts. The account posts content that is safe for the purpose of promoting PornHub’s various videos and performers. PornHub still maintains popular accounts on other social media platforms such as Twitter.

It’s not clear why Instagram parent company Meta removed the account, but screenshots shared by anti-Pornhub campaigner Layla Mickelwhite suggest the account was removed for violating Instagram’s community guidelines. to the edge Meta has reached out for confirmation and details and will update this story if we hear back.

Mickelwait is the founder of the “TraffickingHub” campaign: an advocacy group dedicated to “shutting down PornHub and holding accountable its operators for profiting, distributing and profiting from rape, child abuse, sex trafficking and criminal image-based sexual harassment”.

Mickelwhite describes herself as an anti-sex-trafficking campaigner, but critics have noted her links to Christian evangelicals who advocate a complete abolition of sexual activity and commercial pornography. According to Mickelwhite’s own website, she previously worked for Exodus Cry, a Christian “abolitionist” group that wants to “end the sex industry” and lists Mickelwhite’s “trafficking hub” in the “Our Campaigns” section of its website.

Reported by The New RepublicExodus Cry “seems to be hatched in IHOPKC [International House of Prayer Kansas City]A Christian ministry led by Pastor Mike Bickle, Political Research Associates explains, ‘God has called conservative Christians to dominate society by taking control of political and cultural institutions’.

In a statement Posted on Twitter, Mickelwhite said Instagram and Meta made “the right decision by cutting ties with PornHub” and that it’s time for other big tech companies like Google, Amazon and Microsoft to “follow suit.” We’ve reached out to Mickelwhite for comment and will update this story if we hear back.

Criticism of PornHub has grown in recent years for distributing child abuse material, implicating its business partners and leading to the resignation of its CEO and COO. In 2020, Visa and Mastercard stopped processing payments on PornHub due to “illegal content” on the site, but this has not stopped ongoing lawsuits against the companies. In August, a California judge allowed the lawsuit against Visa to proceed, arguing that the company was “intended to help MindGeek monetize child porn.”

In response to the criticism, PornHub took steps to remove all content from unverified users and remove the download function that allowed any user to download any video.

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