Mastercard says Pornhub probe found ‘UNLAWFUL content’ as it halts payment processing for site over ‘rape vid’ claims

MASTERCARD Inc revealed on Thursday that a Pornhub probe found “unlawful content” as the company has halted payment processing for the pornography website over “rape video” claims.

The financial services company, along with Visa Inc, has stopped processing payments on Pornhub following an investigation which allegedly uncovered videos of child abuse and sexual violence.


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According to Reuters, Mastercard has decided to “permanently end” the use of its cards on Pornhub after the probe “confirmed the presence of illegal content on the platform.”

Visa – which also launched an investigation – has suspended payments until probe results are released.

Mastercard spokesperson Seth Eisen told The Verge: “Today, the use of our cards at Pornhub is being terminated.

“Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site.

“As a result, and in accordance with our policies, we instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance.

“In addition, we continue to investigate potential illegal content on other websites to take the appropriate action.”

Mastercard previously promised to take “immediate action” if the “unlawful” allegations were true.


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Pornhub denied the allegations to The Sun on Thursday.

A Pornhub spokesperson told The Sun: “These actions are exceptionally disappointing, as they come just two days after Pornhub instituted the most far-reaching safeguards in user-generated platform history.

“This news is crushing for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods.”

Mastercard and Visa’s actions come a year after PayPal stopped processing payments for the porn website – which is owned by pornography conglomerate MindGeek.

An investigation was launched earlier this week by credit card giants Visa and Mastercard after an opinion columnist claimed the website contained videos of rape and child sexual abuse.

In a New York Times column, Nicholas Kristof wrote the website showed rape scenes, revenge porn and other explicit material taken without permission of the participants.

Kristof wrote: “The issue is not pornography but rape.

“Let’s agree that promoting assaults on children or on anyone without consent is unconscionable.”

“Its site is infested with rape videos,” Kristof continued. “It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags. 

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In a statement to The Sun, Pornhub slammed the claims as “irresponsible and flagrantly untrue” to suggest it carried such images of child sexual abuse material.

“Eliminating illegal content and ridding the internet of child sexual abuse material is one of the most crucial issues facing online platforms today, and it requires the unwavering commitment and collective action of all parties,” the statement read.

The “unlawful” accusations come one year after a 15-year-old girl who went missing in Florida was found after videos of her allegedly being raped were uploaded to Pornhub, among other sites.

Pornhub removed the video after the report and a man accused of statutory rape in connection with the case is currently awaiting trial.

The company has since announced a series of measures to crack down on sexual abuse content on its site.

It also plans to only allow uploads from verified users, not to allow downloads, and to make improvements to its moderation of content.

Meanwhile, a child rape victim accused Pornhub for profiting from her sexual abuse as a toddler.

Sex abuse activist Avri Sapir, 19, claimed this week that the company has profited from graphic videos of horrific sexual assault.


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