Statement from the Canadian Centre for Child Protection regarding MindGeek’s testimony at today’s Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics

February 5, 2021
For Immediate Release

Winnipeg, Canada — The Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P) is encouraged by the intense interest demonstrated today by members of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics on the content moderation practices of the company MindGeek, and its adult website PornHub.

While under intense scrutiny, statements by company directors Mr. Feras Antoon and Mr. David Tassillo raised as many questions as they did answers about the commitment — both current and historic — of adult websites to the safety and privacy of children and non-consenting adults.

“Let’s not lose sight of the core problem that led to this moment. When we don’t regulate spaces, especially those involving explicit adult content, the most vulnerable among us — children, teenagers, and adults — inevitably suffer,” says Executive Director for C3P, Lianna McDonald. “We do not accept this standard in other forms of media — including television, radio and print. We should not accept it, as our inaction collectively has, in the digital space.”

Through Project Arachnid, a tech solution for detecting child sexual abuse material (CSAM), C3P has issued more than seven million take down notices to electronic services providers globally since 2017. MindGeek-controlled websites have also been on the receiving end of these notices.

C3P looks forward to the continued work of this parliamentary committee.

For more information and to arrange interviews in either English or French, contact:
(204) 560-0723
communications@protectchildren.ca

About the Canadian Centre for Child Protection: C3P is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. The organization’s goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children through programs, services, and resources for Canadian families, educators, child-serving organizations, law enforcement, and other parties. C3P also operates Cybertip.ca, Canada’s national tipline to report child sexual abuse and exploitation on the internet, and Project Arachnid, a web platform designed to detect known images of CSAM on the clear and dark web and issue removal notices to industry.

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