In the midst of turmoil, porn giant MindGeek has just laid off 125 employees at its nerve center in Montreal, Le Journal has learned.
Catherine Poulin, spokesperson for the Ministry of Labor, confirmed the information on Wednesday. The collective dismissal concerns the main establishment of the company, located on boulevard Décarie, in Montreal.
According to LinkedIn, MindGeek has approximately 1,500 employees, including 650 in the Montreal area.
The company, which notably owns the Pornhub and YouPorn sites, has not responded to Journal requests for information in recent days.
According to Laila Mickelwait, founder of the #Traffickinghub movement, MindGeek thanked 200 people in all. The company also has workers in Cyprus, Romania and the United States, among others.
The layoffs came at the same time as the resignation of MindGeek CEO, Montrealer Feras Antoon, and its chief operating officer, David Tassillo, of the departures that the company confirmed on Tuesday to the American media Variety. The two leaders, however, remain shareholders of MindGeek.
Last week, the New Yorker magazine published a long investigative article revealing in particular that Pornhub hosted videos of non-consensual sex, including with children, for years.
According to the British daily The Guardian, MindGeek denied there was any connection between the New Yorker article and the resignation of Messrs. Antoon and Tassillo.
Recall that in 2020, Visa and MasterCard suspended payment processing for Pornhub after the publication of a New York Times dossier indicating that the site harbored illegal content.
Class action lawsuits have been filed against MindGeek over the past several months in connection with the allegations of dissemination of illicit sexual content.
In April 2021, the luxury residence under construction of Mr. Antoon in Montreal was razed by a violent arson attack. No charges have yet been filed in this case.
According to the Financial Times, MindGeek's majority shareholder is Austrian Bernd Bergmair.
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