Visa and MasterCard block Pornhub card funds for unlawful content material

Following a disturbing article in the New York Times last week about Pornhub, which hosted illegal content about rape and child sexual abuse, Visa and MasterCard have stopped using their cards for payments on the site. This means that you cannot currently subscribe to Pornhub Premium, renew your membership, or use the exclusive content for these services.

MasterCard has finally ceased using its cards on Pornhub and has announced that it will be investigating this issue on other websites. It’s worth noting that Pornhub parent company MindGeek runs more than a hundred adult entertainment sites. In the meantime, Visa will be on hold until an investigation is completed.

. @Mastercard just told me that the presence of illegal material on Pornhub has been confirmed so it will immediately stop using Mastercard on Pornhub. It will address the problem on other websites as well. This would not have happened without the survivors speaking courageously.

– Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) December 10, 2020

The message follows the actions of Pornhub earlier this week to block free video downloads (only paid clips can be downloaded) and only allow uploads from verified content creators in the future. Pornhub said the decisions made by these financial firms were “disappointing” as they continued their decision to block payments after the site announced its new restrictions.

As NYT columnist Nicholas Kristof noted in his article, Pornhub has not only hosted illegal content as well as revenge porn, but has suggested more of it to users through search suggestions. Videos that were recorded and uploaded without the consent of those in the footage have been on the platform for years and lead to long-lasting turbulence in the lives of these people.

This will undoubtedly hurt Pornhub’s finances; It remains to be seen whether the website will also be forced to take strict measures to strictly monitor the content it hosts. The site is said to receive more than 36 billion visits annually.

We have contacted Pornhub, Visa, and MasterCard to learn more and will update this post as soon as a response is received.

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