Pornhub donating 50,000 masks to NYC first responders, making premium content free during coronavirus outbreak
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Pornhub has pledged to donate 50,000 surgical masks to medics and first responders in New York City and said it will make its premium content free for users for the next month during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time,” said Corey Price, who serves as vice president of the adult entertainment streaming giant, said in a statement

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“We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve,” he added.

Pornhub said it will be donating 15,000 masks to first responders from Local 2507, a labor union in New York City that represents uniformed emergency medical technicians, paramedics and fire inspectors with the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY). Another 15,000 masks, it said, will go to the Uniformed Firefighters Association (UFA) Local 94. 

The company said the remaining 20,000 masks will go to the Mount Sinai South Nassau hospital to “bolster the safety of nurses, physicians and support staff caring for coronavirus patients.” 

A spokesperson for Pornhub told The Hill on Wednesday that the company "purchased the surgical masks directly from a New York based supplier this week for the donation."

Joe Calderone, senior vice president at Mount Sinai, said in a statement that the hospital appreciates “the offer from Pornhub to donate 20,000 surgical masks to help protect our healthcare workers and patients at Mount Sinai South Nassau during the COVID-19 crisis.”

“They will help keep our nurses, physicians and support staff safe from infection while caring for those who are stricken with the disease. We are doing everything possible to curtail the spread of the virus and these masks are a first line of defense,” he added.

Leaders from UFA Local 94 and Local 2507 FDNY also thanked the company for the donation. 

The company said it will also be making its premium content service free to all its users for 30 days. Typically, the service costs $9.99 per month, according to the New York Post.

It also said it will allow models to keep “100 percent of their video sales after processing fee” for April to help those who have been “financially impacted by COVID-19.” So, the company said models will be able to keep “85 percent of video sales earnings on both Pornhub and its clip site Modelhub.”

“When a global human crisis happens,” Price said, “it is up to everyone to work together to help support the community.” 

“We have always been a global community, hosting over 130,000 models from every corner of the earth. We stand by our performers and models and we will continue working on other projects to assist the community during this challenging time,” he added. 

The move by Pornhub comes after the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued guidelines recently on how to be sexually active while avoiding spreading COVID-19.

It also comes weeks after GOP Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseAmerica's governors should fix unemployment insurance Mnuchin emerges as key asset in Trump's war against coronavirus House Republican urges Pompeo to take steps to limit misinformation from China on coronavirus MORE (Neb.) called for an investigation into the pornography website after it was accused of hosting videos of sex trafficking victims and children.

—Updated at 1:32 p.m.