Pornhub has been widely covered for its marketing savvy. But its most-quoted executives are nearly invisible, and it’s unclear if they actually exist.

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Popular adult site Pornhub’s savvy marketing has gotten it scores of news coverage on everything from its promotional stunts to efforts to serve small advertisers and consumers affected by the pandemic.

But Business Insider has been unable to verify whether the executives most often quoted, like vice president Corey Price, actually exist.

Same goes for other Pornhub executives including communications director Chris Jackson, vice president of product Brett Hall, lead developer Rusty Gitalto, and marketing manager Alex Klein.

Other big online porn companies are known for flying under the radar. There have been reports with claims of sites coercing women to appear in porn videos; Pornhub has been accused of profiting off rape and abuse videos. Top executives at Canadian company Mindgeek, which owns Pornhub and other porn sites, never comment publicly.

But unlike many of its ilk, Pornhub also actively seeks press coverage.

When Business Insider asked Pornhub’s longtime PR firm, 5W Public Relations, about the existence of its quoted executives, Jason Heller, VP at 5W, said the people who give statements are real but that they don’t always use their full names.

“For both Pornhub and its agencies, we use discretion to guard the identities of team members who don’t want their full names used publicly for personal and safety reasons and because of the unfair stigma, despite being one of the most popular sites in the world. All quotes and statements come from real people who serve in the capacities in which they are said to serve,” Heller said.

A media contact for Mindgeek did not respond to a request for comment.

Pornhub has been widely covered by the likes of TMZ and CNN

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A slew of publications from TMZ to CNN have published quotes attributed to Corey Price, describing him variously as Pornhub’s vice president, VP of advertising, VP of marketing, or VP of operations.

His quotes appear in stories dating back to at least 2011 and press releases that are recent as this month. He’s been quoted on Pornhub’s supposed interest in acquiring Verizon’s Tumblr last year and a letter offering to buy Twitter’s Vine when it shut down in 2016.

Three journalists who have covered Pornhub said they never interacted directly with Price or other Pornhub executives and that all their quotes came via press releases or email exchanges with people who identified as Pornhub representatives Chris Jackson and Mike Williams.

The reporters said these people used multiple emails and domain names, including gmail.com and phubcommunications.com, when communicating with them. The reporters are known to Business Insider and spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid revealing details of their reporting techniques.

A phone number appearing next to the name Chris Jackson in a 2018 Pornhub press release is apparently the cell phone number of 5W VP Jason Heller, who answered when Business Insider called and later provided the company statement above.

The reporters said they received no indication that they were interacting with a PR firm while reporting on Pornhub or …read more

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