Pornhub accused of ‘donating coronavirus masks to distract from claims it “allowed sex abuse videos online”’ – The Sun

A NEW report has accused Pornhub of donating coronavirus masks to distract the public from allegations that the company allowed videos on its platform depicting sexual abuse of victims.

Pornhub has denied these allegations.

The claims published in Verily Magazine comes just weeks after the adult entertainment site announced that it would offer its premium content for free during the coronavirus epidemic—a move that critics allege will only encourage sexual exploitation.

In late March, Pornhub announced it would donate 50,000 coronavirus masks to hospital workers, and it made premium access free to people worldwide as an incentive for them to stay home and social distance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pornhub –  which gains more than 100 billion video views a year, according to its site – has the charity Pornhub Cares, which runs campaigns to things like ocean waste cleanup, saving bees, and increasing content for those that are visually or hearing impaired.

Verily claimed "upon closer look, the work of Pornhub Cares is little more than a public relations campaign to distract from the abusive practices the company’s been accused of (which are rampant throughout the entire sex industry)."

The report alleged: "The fact is, most people are not running freely toward careers in 'sex work'; instead the industry’s supply is fueled by the trafficking of vulnerable youth and others through the use of force, fraud, and coercion."

"The cover-up of these facts, along with the ease of online access, fuels the demand for porn: you don’t feel so bad clicking on the next video when you think it’s consensual sex between adults, rather than rape." Verily claimed.

Verily's report also noted that in Pornhub's announcement, the adult content site said they would donate all profits after processing fees – 85 percent – to models in the videos.

"In pairing the attention-getting mask donation with language about giving money directly to its 'models,' Pornhub is trying to link positive, humanitarian feelings to the exploitative nature of what it sells," Verily claimed.

"It’s trying to employ the trick that emotion will always overpower reason, when push comes to shove."

The alleging report referenced a request from Republican U.S. Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, where he asked the Department of Justice to investigate Pornhub for allowing videos of "women and girls that were victims of trafficking being raped and exploited" on the site.

"Pornhub's incredible reach has a much darker side than the image of harmless fun that it tries to project," Sasse wrote.

He added: "Pornhub made content available worldwide showing women and girls that were victims of trafficking being raped and exploited."

Pornhub did not immediately respond to The Sun's request for comment regarding the allegations.

However, Pornhub has previously denied allegations of knowingly running any content that is sexually abusive and has rejected calls for tighter regulation.

“The measures we take make us far more regulated than any other major user generated platform,” a Pornhub spokesman told Reuters.

“Any allegation that we aren’t taking this seriously is categorically false.”

He added that Pornhub denied as “categorically false” any suggestion there was evidence of sex trafficking on the site.

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