Mastercard to Stop Processing Payments Through Pornhub


On Thursday, Mastercard announced that it would cut ties with Pornhub, citing "unlawful content" on the site.



The decision comes after Visa and Mastercard said on Monday that they would investigate allegations of child sexual abuse imagery on Pornhub, and their relationship to MindGeek, Pornhub's parent company.

“Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site,” Mastercard said in a statement to Bloomberg on Thursday. “We instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance.”



On Monday, Mastercard said in a statement to the New York Times that if the claims were substantiated, the credit card company would "take immediate action... When we identify illegal activity, our policy is to ask the acquirer to terminate the relationship, unless an effective compliance plan is put in place.”



This follows a major policy shift announcement from Pornhub on Tuesday, that the platform would ban unverified uploads and downloads and bolster existing moderation practices. Models who use the site have been asking the platform to make these changes for a long time; the platform made the change following an expose from the New York Times into the lives of sexual assault victims' images hosted on the site, and pressure from payment processors.



The author of that story, Nicholas Kristof, tweeted on Thursday that Mastercard "confirmed the presence of illegal material on Pornhub."




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