Roku’s decision to remove pornography from its platform and devices is drawing praise from those who advocate for survivors of sexual exploitation.
Roku will remove the Pornhub channel and ban other porn companies from its platform by March 2022, according to an announcement made by the company at its recent developer conference.
Pornhub is the world’s largest pornography site. It has long been accused of failing to remove images and videos of child sexual abuse, rape, sex trafficking and non-consensual material.
‘Victory’ for survivors
The National Center on Sexual Exploitation called Roku’s decision to shut down Pornhub and other hardcore pornography channels a “victory for survivors of sexual exploitation.”
“Roku’s decision to remove Pornhub and other exploitative pornography channels from its platform is a move that we and other international anti-exploitation groups and survivors have been calling on the company to make for years. No company should profit from child sexual abuse, rape, sex trafficking and other exploitive content on its platform and we are glad Roku is finally shutting down its partnership with Pornhub and the entire exploitation industry,” said Dawn Hawkins, CEO of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation. “We are grateful that Roku heard the concerns of anti-exploitation advocates and countless survivors.”