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This week in Tortoise: Hunt for the porn king

Monday 24 May 2021


Today, we publish Hunt for the Porn King: a special edition of the Slow Newscast focused on MindGeek, the owners of Pornhub.

We’ve been keeping an eye on the company since 2019, when we held a series of ThinkIns on the global porn industry. But in recent months, allegations against MindGeek have started piling up. Multiple women have claimed that Pornhub has profited from their abuse.

Until recently, little was known about MindGeek’s majority owner: an Austrian called Bernd Bergmair. A search for his name on Google would return just three results, and the only known photograph of him was a blurry picture from an old alumni magazine. Given MindGeek’s size (in 2018 it earned $460 million in revenue) and its influence (Pornhub is the world’s tenth most popular website), such secrecy was surprising.

Reporters Alexi Mostrous, Xavier Greenwood and Patricia Clarke spent weeks trying to find Bergmair. Spoiler alert: they succeeded.

And it’s a big week for ThinkIns:

Tonight, Soma Sara, the founder of the website Everyone’s Invited, joins us at 6.30pm London time to discuss: “Is rape culture rife in schools?”

On Tuesday morning, we will be joined by Anya Hindmarch, entrepreneur and accessories designer, to talk about women in business.  

On Wednesday evening we’re looking for solutions to Britain’s productivity crisis.

And, on Thursday, this month’s Tortoise summit focuses on the Future of Work. We’ll be talking about intergenerational conflict, employment rights and hybrid workplaces with Elizabeth Uviebinené, Julia Hobsbawm, Frances O’Grady and many more, from 8.30am BST.

On Friday lunchtime Michael Morpurgo will be in conversation with Matt d’Ancona about the state of children’s literature

The full programme of June ThinkIns is also open for booking – including Gordon Brown and the historian Niall Ferguson. We hope you’ll join us.

Allbest.

James Harding,
Editor & co-founder