Mastercard may end relationship with Pornhub over child abuse allegations

Mastercard may end relationship with Pornhub over child abuse allegations

Mastercard Investigates Allegations Against Pornhub.com After The New York Times Accused A Porn Site Of Placing Videos Depicting Child Abuse And Immoral Behavior.

The American company, which accepts payments on this resource, stated that it categorically does not accept signs of illegal activity in its field, and that it works closely with law enforcement agencies and special human rights organizations to detect and prevent such transactions.

«We’re investigating allegations made by the New York Times and working with (Pornhub’s parent) bank MindGeek to sort out the situation. If the claims are justified, we will take immediate action. When we identify illegal activity, it is our policy to ask the buyer to terminate the payment relationship with the receiving party, unless an effective compliance plan is in place.», – said in a statement of the payment system.

The investigation began after a New York Times article published by the Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Christoph, described the videos on the Pornhub site of attacks on unconscious girls. Among them was a completely nude fourteen-year-old participant in the video.. Christophe wrote that Pornhub allows videos to be downloaded directly from their site, leaving room for content to be redistributed and re-uploaded online even after deletion.

Pornhub has denied these allegations, stating that any allegation of admitting child sexual abuse materials (CSAM) to their resource is «irresponsible lies».

«Due to the nature of our industry, people’s preconceptions about the values ​​and processes of Pornhub are often different from reality. We will not tolerate any manifestation of CSAM on our platform. We are committed to fighting this phenomenon and have industry-leading trust and security policies to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.», –  written by representatives of the site.

Credit card payments on pornographic sites already have long been the subject of controversy and many activists are calling for the suspension of this type of transaction on adult sites.

IN your tweet in response to the Times column billionaire Bill Ackman urged payment companies to either delay payments or sever relations with Pornhub until the issue is resolved.

American Express has not partnered with Pornhub, citing a long-standing policy that prohibits the use of company cards on adult digital content sites.

Mastercard may end relationship with Pornhub over child abuse allegations

PayPal since 2019 also does not handle payments for the above resource.

Visa stated that she was aware of the allegations, and she «actively liaises with relevant financial institutions to investigate, in addition to direct liaison with the site’s parent company, MindGeek».

«If the platform is identified as not in compliance with applicable laws or financial institutions’ acceptable use policies and underwriting standards, they will no longer be able to accept Visa payments», – the company said in a statement.

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