Anti-Pornhub petition reaches a million signatures.

In February 2020, Laila Mickelwait launched the #Traffickinghub campaign, which started as a petition to “shut down Pornhub” in response to alleged loose enforcement against sexually exploitative content uploaded by users of their website. The campaign organizers accuse Pornhub of lax moderation policies, which they say allows the website to profit from human trafficking, underage pornography, and real rape porn uploaded to their website. The campaign reached almost 400,000 signatures in just its first month.

The petition is projected to reach over 1,000,000 signatures on June 08, 2020. However, the campaign was met with resistance by the porn giant. In response to the #Traffickinghub campaign, a Pornhub vice president stated that “Pornhub has a steadfast commitment to eradicating and fighting any and all illegal content on the internet, including non-consensual content and child sexual abuse material. Any suggestion otherwise is categorically and factually inaccurate.” Pornhub also accused Exodus Cry, the organization that Laila Mickelwait works for, of being aligned with hate groups and espousing “extremist and despicable language.” Laila Mickelwait responded that “Pornhub resorting to completely false ad hominem attacks on me to deflect from their complicity in horrific crimes of sex trafficking and rape simply demonstrates the fact that Pornhub has no excuse. People resort to that kind of childish behavior when they have no real defense.” While Exodus Cry is a self-described Christian “abolitionist” organization, many non-religious organizations and figures have supported the #Traffickinghub campaign.

The petition page lists numerous examples of sexually exploitative and illegal content being uploaded by Pornhub users. The #Traffickinghub campaign heralds some very real and serious systemic problems with tube-style porn sites. According to Mickelwait and others, Pornhub does not require governmental ID to obtain “verified” status on your Pornhub account: all you need to do is take a photograph with a piece of paper with your username written on it. Also, it appears that almost anyone can upload content with just an email address – the website does not require photo identification or copies of the performers’ contracts, which makes it challenging to discern between consenting adults, versus revenge porn or otherwise sexually exploitative content.

While we are not endorsing the shut down of any porn website and just reporting the news, Pornhub should probably start thinking about integrating a more robust system to properly verify the ages and consent of performers who appear in uploaded content. While they’re at it, maybe they can incorporate some age verification to ensure that kids and underage teens aren’t using their website and getting inadvertently addicted to porn. These aren’t necessarily “anti-porn” views, they’re common sense views.

9 thoughts on “Anti-Pornhub petition reaches a million signatures.”

  1. Not only PORNHUB but other PORNWEBSITES must also be BANNED!!
    people like ALEX and LAILA MICKELWAIT are really doing a great job .

  2. Oh wow! 1 million signatures!

    But… that doesn’t change anything. Pornhub isn’t going to shut down because some petition got signed.

    Someone needs to start an actual lawsuit against them.

  3. Shutting down pornhub is not the answer. Pornhub taking more responsibility to restrict who can upload videos is. I don’t think porn is inherently bad, anymore than alcohol is inherently bad. My mother was an alcoholic, and I will never touch the stuff, but I know that not everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic. So there’s no reason to ban alcohol. The same is true for porn. Not everyone who uses porn is a porn addict. There’s no reason to ban porn.

    1. Incorrect. There is no way porn and sex work is ever really “good”. If money is needed for consent for sex, is it really consent? Porn and sex trafficking are FAR more dangerous than alcohol ever could be because there is very little chance to ever be “free”, whereas with drinking, as you said, most people are “free” in the sense they can take it or leave it and have no problem with it.

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