Visa, MasterCard Terminate Service With Pornhub Over Child Porn Controversy-news

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The child porn controversy facing Pornhub has caused both Mastercard and Visa to shut down their credit card services with the adult video site. 

On Thursday, Visa said it was temporarily suspending its services with Pornhub until it can complete the company’s investigation into the allegations. However, Mastercard said it had “terminated” the service, saying wrongdoing had been found. 

“Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site,” Mastercard said in a statement. “As a result, and in accordance with our policies, we instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance.”

Both credit card companies began investigating Pornhub after The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof documented how thousands of child porn and rape videos can easily circualte over the adult site. 

According to Kristof, the videos can live on, thanks to how anyone can download and upload videos to Pornhub. “So even if a rape video is removed at the request of the authorities, it may already be too late: The video lives on as it is shared with others or uploaded again and again,” he wrote. 

In response, Pornhub said on Tuesday it would suspend uploads from unverified users. Downloads have also been banned, except for paid downloads from creators verified through Pornhub’s model program. But clearly, the measures failed to satisfy Mastercard and Visa. Now the site faces the prospect of losing numerous paid subscribers. 

“These actions are exceptionally disappointing, as they come just two days after Pornhub instituted the most far-reaching safeguards in user-generated platform history,” the site said in a statement. “This news is crushing for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods.”

In its defense, Pornhub compared itself to Facebook — another site that can end up hosting child porn. However, critics claim Pornhub has often turned a blind eye to the sexual abuse and rape videos that can circulate over the site, leaving victims to suffer. 

“Pornhub executives are liars when they claim they care about safety,” claimed Dawn Hawkins, executive director of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in a statement earlier this week.

“Beyond their extensive history of facilitating and profiting from crimes of sexual abuse and exploitation, we know many survivors who have repeatedly reached out to Pornhub to have nonconsensually-shared material —as well as videos of rape— removed, but their requests were ignored,” she added. 

According to Pornhub, the two remaining credit card providers accepted over the site include Discover and JCB, in addition to cryptocurrency. Last year, PayPal also terminated its services with Pornhub.


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