One of the largest cable providers in the U.S. has delivered a major strike against the elusive parent company behind the world’s most prolific pornography website.
NCOSE announced in a press release that a representative for the Xfinity brand said in an email the company was “deeply concerned” over the allegations against MindGeek and Pornhub, which has been credibly accused of hosting sexual assault footage as well as child sexual abuse material, or child pornography, and doing little to guard against and remove such content.
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In April, Comcast “made the decision to drop all of MindGeek’s transactional content from our cable systems,” a Comcast spokesperson told Faithwire, urging adults to use parental controls to monitor any other content their children might be accessing.
“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,” said Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives for NCOSE.
Nealon went on to say it is “the right move for corporations to cut ties with an industry that relies on the sexual exploitation and abuse of women, men, and children.”
“While Comcast still has more work to do to completely rid its services of the violent, racist, and exploitative content inherent in the pornography it continues to provide,” she added, “ending their relationship with MindGeek is a significant step and a win worth celebrating.”
In May, more than 700 victims’ advocates and survivors of sexual exploitation sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to launch a criminal investigation into MindGeek and Pornhub.
The group argued in their letter — which was endorsed by NCOSE — that Pornhub has been allowed to get away with illegal activity without facing repercussions.
“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,” the letter states. “It has received widespread international condemnation for facilitating and profiting from criminal acts, including sex trafficking, filmed sexual abuse of children, and non-consensually recorded and distributed pornography.”
The criticism of Pornhub gained mainstream attention at the end of 2020, when The New York Times published a lengthy article by columnist Nicholas Kristof, who chronicled the story of a young woman named Serena Fleites.
Fleites, now 19…