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Comcast Removes All MindGeek Content Due to Sexual Exploitation, Awarded Dignity Defense Alert

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Comcast Removes All MindGeek Content Due to Sexual Exploitation, Awarded Dignity Defense Alert

By Movieguide® Staff

In a recent press release, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation highlighted Comcast Cable’s decision to cut ties with MindGeek. 

Legislators, child rights activists, and anti-trafficking organizations accused MindGeek, the parent company of the adult site Pornhub, of tolerating sexually exploitative content.  

“For this ethical decision, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation is awarding Comcast with our Dignity Defense Alert: a monthly campaign honoring institutions and individuals taking concrete steps to promote a culture of human dignity by combating sexual exploitation and abuse,” the release said

Reportedly, Comcast sent a letter outlining their decision to remove all MindGeek material in April due to a criminal business model that endangered and exploited minors. 

The NCOSE wrote

Furthermore, Comcast disabled new subscription video on demand (SVOD) signups and notified all their existing SVOD customers of their decision to remove content and cease distribution of MindGeek’s SVOD services. Existing customers were informed of Comcast’s decision through bill messages. Once the subscriber notification process was completed, the SVOD content became unavailable on their cable channels. 

As the second-largest broadcasting and cable television company in the world by revenue, Comcast’s principled stand against MindGeek is a major victory for human dignity.

Comcast is one of the largest cable companies in the United States, with nearly 20 million pay-TV subscribers.  

Comcast joins a growing list of companies who desire to end the sexual abuse perpetuated through MindGeek and Pornhub, including Visa, Mastercard, Paypal, Discover, and more. 

“Evidence continues to grow, shedding light on MindGeek’s and the pornography industry’s predatory practices and apathy for the proliferation of child sex abuse material, sex trafficking, and non-consensual videos and images on its sites,” the NCOSE states. “Survivors bear witness as to how Pornhub monetized their abuse by leaving crime scene footage live on their sites after repeated requests for removal, even featuring and promoting unlawful content to drive more viewers to their sites.”

Movieguide® previously reported

In a letter submitted to Congress, over 700 survivors of sexual exploitation and victims’ advocates called for a criminal investigation into MindGeek, the leading information technology firm behind the adult site Pornhub.  

Over recent months, Pornhub and its parent company have come under fire for enabling sexual exploitation of minors, abuse, human trafficking, and the violation of privacy rights. The letter continues to note the lack of legal consequences for the companies despite Pornhub’s continued publication and even monetization of non-consensual sexual content. 

“MindGeek, which owns Pornhub and at least 160 other hardcore pornography websites, serves as a case study of corporate indifference regarding harm caused to women and children on its platform. It has received widespread international condemnation for facilitating and profiting from criminal acts including sex trafficking, filmed sexual abuse of children, and nonconsensually recorded and distributed pornography,” the letter reads. 

“Additionally, because MindGeek intentionally placed a download button on every video distributed on Pornhub until December 2020, after being exposed by The New York Times, the company has violated federal age verification and record-keeping laws under 18 USC Section 2257 for over a decade. This is because the download button caused the direct transfer of pornography from MindGeek servers to individuals’ devices around the globe.”

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