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Pornhub: Mastercard and Visa block payments to porn site

Mastercard and Visa cut ties with Pornhub. After the discovery of child pornography videos, the two credit card managers preferred to block all payments to the porn site.

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A few days ago, a New York Times investigation revealed the presence of numerous child pornography videos on Pornhub. Among the 6.8 million sequences published on the site each year, we find videos featuring unconscious children or young women. The investigation sparked a wave of protests against the pornographic site.

In an attempt to calm things down, Mindgeek, parent company of Pornhub, announced a burst of measurements intended to combat the spread of illegal videos. “From now on, we will only allow correctly identified users to download content” Mindgeek announces. Only its partners and models will be able to post new videos. Until now, any internet user could create an account with a fake name and post a porn video in a matter of minutes.

In order to prevent objectionable videos from being recovered, Pornhub has also decided to block content downloads. Only Internet users who have opted for a Premium subscription will be able to continue downloading the videos available on Pornhub. Finally, Mindgeek also announced “significant improvements in its moderation process ”. A team of moderators whose mission is to track down illegal content has been set up.

On the same subject: a petition demands the closure of Pornhub

Mastercard and Visa follow through on threats

Despite Pornhub’s announcements, Visa and Mastercard decided to follow through on their threats. From now on, Internet users cannot no longer pay for premium content using their Visa or Mastercard credit card. “Our investigation over the past few days has confirmed that the site violates our standards prohibiting illegal content ” states Mastercard. Financial institutions have been ordered to cut off all connections. The card managers also announced that a more in-depth investigation will be opened on the other sites owned by Mingeek: Youporn, the production company Brazzers and Redtube.

For its part, Visa has not yet obtained the results of the investigation of its services. Waiting, Visa preferred to follow Mastercard by blocking all payments to Pornhub. “We are vigilant in trying to eradicate illegal activity on our network, and we encourage the financial institutions with which we cooperate to regularly check that the merchants with whom they work meet our standards ” explains a spokesperson for Visa.

Mindgeek quickly stepped up to criticize the defection of Visa and Mastercard, judged “Extremely disappointing”. The decision of the two credit card managers is “terrible for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform as a source of income ”, regrets the Montreal-based firm. As a reminder, PayPal had already cut ties with Pornhub last year.