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The world’s biggest porn site has come under fire for allowing real rape and abuse videos

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The world’s biggest porn site has come under fire for allowing real rape and abuse videos

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TRIGGER WARNING: Warning: This article contains references to rape, sexual assault and revenge porn. 

An online petition accusing Pornhub, the UK’s biggest open access porn site, from profiting from videos of rape and sexual abuse has reached over 350,000 signatures.

Pornhub is the world’s biggest porn site and was visited 42bn times last year. It is free to access, with no age restrictions, and raises revenue through advertising and paid-for promotions by porn producers. The serious allegations levied against Pornhub owner Mindgeek centre on the perceived insufficiency of the company’s safeguarding checks on the 6m videos a year that are posted on the site, many by amateur producers. Over the past year the company has faced multiple accusations that rape and abuse videos were widely posted on the site.

Who started the petition?

The petition was started by a group called Exodus Cry in the US but is being supported by activists in the UK, where Mindgeek also has offices.

Not the first time

In October last year, a 15-year-old girl who who went missing in Florida was found after videos of her allegedly being raped were uploaded to Pornhub, among other sites. Pornhub removed the video once it was reported to and a man accused of statutory rape in connection with the case is currently awaiting trial.

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