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Pornhub owner MindGeek has lost two top executives: CEO Feras Antoon and COO David Tassillo, as first reported by Variety† Their resignation comes shortly after The New Yorker released a damning report detailing the holes in the company’s content moderation system, which failed to address videos featuring underage and dissenting individuals.

Despite the timeliness of The New Yorkera company spokesperson told Variety that MindGeek had been planning a leadership change since earlier this year. The representative also said Antoon and Tassillo will remain shareholders in the company and MindGeek is currently looking for their replacements. MindGeek did not immediately respond to The edge‘s request for comment.

Pornhub has long been criticized for hosting videos of underage children, victims of sexual assault, and dissenting adults, despite having policies in place to protect against this. The New YorkerThe report details the experiences of young women who posted videos to Pornhub while they were minors and the difficulties involved in getting them removed from the site.

The edge highlighted a similar issue earlier this year, in which a former moderator described his experience deleting offensive videos, only to have them pop up again and again. Pornhub has also been the subject of a class-action lawsuitclaiming that the site wasn’t doing enough to remove videos of dissenting topics.

Pornhub tried to take action on this issue in 2020 after a harrowing report from The New York Times† The report revealed the prevalence of videos featuring underage victims – and again, their struggle to have the videos erased. Pornhub has started removing videos posted by unauthenticated users, but it’s unclear to what extent this actually addresses the issue.

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