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MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) Block Usage of Their Credit Cards on Pornhub

MasterCard Inc. (NYSE:MA) and Visa Inc. (NYSE:V) have indicated that they will block the use of their cards on Pornhub a week after they indicate that they would reconsider their association with the site. The move came following a recent New York Times report claiming that content on the site included revenge pornography, rape scenes, and underage sex.

Pornhub accused of showing the content of child rape and revenge pornography

According to the New York Times’ opinion columnist, Nicholas Kristof, the site depicts content taken without consent and revenge pornography. Kristof indicated that Pornhub is infested with rape videos and its monetizing revenge porn, child rapes, spy camera videos of women showering as well as misogynist and racist content. He also added that there are even videos of women being suffocated with plastic bags.

In its defense, Pornhub said that the claims are irresponsible and obviously untrue because it does not allow images of child rape on the platform. Pornhub also added that it has moderators that screen all uploads and takes den illegal material.

Visa and MasterCard block credit card payments to Pornhub

A statement from MasterCard indicated that investigations show violations of its standards prohibiting “unlawful content on the site.” The company said that as a result and in line with its policies they have instructed financial institutions connecting the site to the MasterCard network to block acceptance. MasterCard also added that they are still conducting more investigation on possible illegal content in pornhub to take necessary action.

Visa also issued a similar statement that they had instructed financial institutions serving MindGeek to stop processing payments via the Visa network. MindGeek is Pornhub’s parent company. The statement added that Visa is vigilant in its efforts to curb illegal activity on its network. As a result, the payment processing company has instructed financial institutions to review the compliance standards of their merchants.

Pornhub called the move by the card companies disappointing referring to its policy updates announced recently. The company said the actions are crushing the livelihoods of thousands of models relying on the platform.

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