Grant Thornton Cuts Ties With Pornhub After Everyone Realizes Pornhub Is Full of Abuse and Illegal Porn

So I was gaming with the boys the other day and my buddy asked the squad if we’d seen the stuff about Pornhub. What stuff about Pornhub, you ask? I have to admit that Pornhub isn’t among my multitude of Google alerts (PwC? Yes. Porn? Not so much), therefore as with many things my teammate in his 20s says or does, I was a bit out of the loop on this one.

Apparently, Pornhub deleted something like 70% of its millions of videos. Coom enthusiasts everywhere are comparing it to the burning of the Library of Alexandria.

 

Sure, OK. Although I’m pretty sure the Library of Alexandria wasn’t filled with erotic novels about stepsisters getting stuck in the dryer. I digress.

Forty women are suing Pornhub’s parent company MindGeek over what they say is a “sex trafficking” operation called GirlsDoPorn. If you’re unfamiliar, the whole shtick is getting “normal” (read: non-pornstar) women to, well, you know. On camera.

Pornhub has also been called out for hosting all manner of illegal and immoral content, including content that shows children, unconscious women, abuse … you know, all that fucked-up stuff that people used to seek out in shame but now can find as easily as I can pull up a recipe for drunken keto gummy bears. Internet, huh!

Because this is an accounting tabloid and I’ve already written way too much about the nuance of internet porn videos, I’ll spare you more details than that, but the long and short of it is Pornhub has been in trouble for some time now, only recently has it started really heating up (er …) and it seems Grant Thornton decided it’s time for them to GTFO.

The Times (UK) reports:

Auditors have severed their ties with the owner of Pornhub, the world’s largest pornography website, as a scandal over illegal videos continues to grow.

The accountancy firm Grant Thornton said it would no longer work for MindGeek, a Canadian tech conglomerate, in the UK and Ireland amid claims that Pornhub hosts revenge porn and footage of rape and underage sex.

Mastercard and Visa have already cut ties with the company after the New York Times revealed this month that Pornhub was “infested” with abuse footage. The report claimed the site made money from videos showing “child rapes, revenge pornography, spy-cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags”.

The aforementioned New York Times article can be found here.

Grant Thornton has audited Pornhub parent MindGeek since 2012, and its Dublin headquarters was used as the official address for 11 Pornhub companies.

Look, in a year that’s been mostly terrible for mostly everyone, GT managed to keep it together and even made a little money. It’s unclear how ditching the 10th most popular website in the world as a client will affect the firm, but I imagine from a public relations perspective it might be worth losing the business to no longer be affiliated with a client who profits from misery. It takes a certain kind of balls to drop a client in tumultuous times such as the ones we’re currently living in. Big, swinging, low-hanging balls. Waxed, no doubt, because this is porn we’re talking about after all.

Good on them. Question is, who will pick them up? We can only hope it’s Deloitte.

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  1. There is little doubt we will see Chipman69 here a lot more now that his distractions have been limited by 70%.

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