Pornhub’s Parent Company CEO, COO Resign as Video Verification Increases

Two top executives at the parent company of major pornography website Pornhub have resigned, the company said Tuesday after investigating allegedly non-consensual sexually explicit videos hosted on the site.

MindGeek Chief Executive Feras Antoon and Chief Operating Officer David Tassillo are leaving the privately held company in a statement. The leadership changes have been in the works since early 2022, MindGeek said. Antoon and Tassillo remain shareholders, the company said.

Investigations by several news organizations, including The New Yorker earlier this month, reported that Pornhub, one of the world’s most popular porn sites, allegedly hosted videos containing non-consensual sex with a minor. The Wall Street Journal has not independently verified the allegations in these articles.

A spokesman said the departures were unrelated to the allegations against MindGeek. The company said it had taken safety precautions and removed incidents of child sex abuse material. “MindGeek has more comprehensive and effective policies than any other major platform on the web,” the company said.

MindGeek has more than 1,000 employees and its network of websites attracts over 150 million visitors daily, according to the company. Besides Pornhub, it also owns other popular porn sites like RedTube and YouPorn.

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