Facebook Says Pornhub’s Instagram Account Is “Permanently Banned”

Facebook has removed Pornhub’s official Instagram account from its platform, saying the account is now “permanently disabled”. The porn company complained that its Instagram page was “all PG”.

Vice News reports that Facebook has removed Pornhub’s official Instagram account from its platform. On Tuesday, a spokesperson for Facebook (now known as Meta) said, “We have permanently disabled this Instagram account for repeatedly violating our policies.”

A Pornhub model takes a selfie (Ethan Miller/Getty)

Facebook Says Pornhub's Instagram Account Is "Permanently Banned"

Mark Zuckerberg presents Meta (Facebook)

Facebook claims that violations of the terms of service on Pornhub’s account have accumulated over 10 years and that it has given Pornhub several warnings about the violations. Facebook did not specify which terms Pornhub violated, but pointed to its terms of service regarding adult content, nudity, and sexual solicitation, as well as its guidelines regarding the accumulation of violations of its terms.

Pornhub posted an open letter on Twitter on Tuesday, endorsed by 63 pornographers, artists, models and activist groups, demanding an explanation as to why the account is continually being deleted from the platform.

“We, the undersigned, represent those in the adult industry who have been undermined for years by Instagram’s opaque, discriminatory and hypocritical application of its own terms and policies,” the letter reads. “Sex workers and performers have been unfairly targeted in the form of bans, phantom bans, suspensions, loss of Live privileges and removal of content, despite taking additional precautions not to violate Instagram’s Community Guidelines.”

Pornhub alleges its Instagram account was “all PG” and took issue with mainstream celebrities posting nudity on the platform versus adult creators. “Pornhub’s safe-for-work account has been disabled for three weeks. In the meantime, Kim Kardashian has posted her fully exposed ass to her 330 million followers without any restrictive action from Instagram,” the letter reads. in reference to a recent photo of Kim Kardashian wearing a thong. “We are glad to see that Kim and the artistic team behind the image are free to share their work on the platform, but we wonder why we are denied the same treatment. As Kim’s photo continues to rack up likes and grab headlines, members of the adult community run the risk of being skewed if Instagram decides our pants are a little too tight to meet its “standards.” arbitrary and selectively applied”.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan


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