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Pornhub permanently banned from Instagram

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Meta has reportedly banned Pornhub’s Instagram account permanently from the platform for violating its policies.

Earlier this month, Instagram removed Pornhub’s official account following pressure from conservative anti-pornography groups.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) said in a press release that it has been working with a gaggle of international advocates and sharing evidence of “criminality” on Pornhub with Instagram, requesting that the Meta-owned company remove Pornhub.

On Tuesday, a Meta spokesperson told Vice that Pornhub’s Instagram account has been “permanently disabled” for “repeatedly violating” the platform’s policies.

While Instagram has claimed it warned Pornhub about posts violating its terms, the social media platform has not disclosed what those violations specifically were.

Instagram’s account disable policy does mention content can be deleted for violations of its nudity and pornography policies.

In an open letter to Instagram, endorsed by over 60 others including pornographers, performers, and industry activism groups reminiscent of the Free Speech Coalition, Pornhub and the co-signatories demanded an evidence on why their accounts were de-platformed.

“We demand an evidence and guidance as to why our accounts are repeatedly deleted, and why content we spend money creating so as to engage with our audience is removed, even after we don’t breach any of Instagram’s rules,” they wrote.

“Pornhub’s safe-for-work account has been disabled for 3 weeks. Within the interim, Kim Kardashian has posted her fully exposed ass to her 330 million followers with none restrictive motion from Instagram,” the letter noted, referring to a photograph of Ms Kardashian as a part of an Interview Magazine photoshoot.

The web pornography website urged Instagram to instantly reinstate all accounts which have not violated any of the Meta-owned platform’s Terms of Services. The account was banned three weeks ago, a move the corporate initially thought was temporary.

“We’re glad to see that Kim and the artistic team behind the image are free to share their work on the platform, but query why we’re denied the identical treatment,” Pornhub noted within the letter.

“We demand that Instagram immediately end all discrimination toward those involved within the adult industry,” it said.

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