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MasterCard and Visa have banned their use on Pornhub

    MasterCard and Visa have banned their use on Pornhub

    • 2020-12-14 00:10:26
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    MasterCard and Visa have banned their use on Pornhub

    Mastercard and Visa said Thursday that they will ban their customers from using credit cards to make purchases on Pornhub after accusations that the porn site displayed videos of child abuse and rape.

    Their reaction came after an investigation by opinion columnist Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times also claimed that the site was filming revenge porn and videos that were taken without the participants' consent. Pornhub denied the allegations.
    Mastercard said it is ending the use of its cards on Pornhub after its own investigation confirmed violations of standards prohibiting illegal behavior on the site. Mastercard said it is also checking other websites for potentially illegal content.
    Visa said it suspended use of its cards on Pornhub on Thursday despite its own investigation not being completed.
    Pornhub, in its statement, described the measures as "exceptionally disappointing". Two days ago, the company announced steps to protect against abuse images and forms of minors on the site, including prohibiting unverified users from downloading materials.

    "This news is crushing the hundreds of thousands of models who depend on our platform to make a living," said Pornhub.

    The company said it had more than 42 billion visits to its website last year.
    Diane Hawkins, senior vice president and executive director of the National Center for Sexual Exploitation, said her organization met with Visa and Mastercard earlier this year to ask them to stop processing payments to Pornhub "and we are grateful that both companies will bring these important changes."