Pornhub users will no longer be able to make payments via MasterCard and Visa

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MasterCard and Visa have declared that they would not proceed payments on Pornhub after it was pulled up for monetizing unlawful content. As per the report by Reuters, MasterCard and Visa will suspend processing payment on Pornhub for some time. The website has declared some changes on its platform as soon as the reports of presenting non-consensual videos surfaced.

Seth Eisen, spokesperson of Mastercard told The Verge that “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 “.

Also, Visa too has announced via Twitter that it is terminating acceptance privileges of Pornhub. They tweeted, “Given the allegations of illegal activity, Visa is suspending Pornhub’s acceptance privileges pending the completion of our ongoing investigation. We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend the processing of payments through the Visa network”.

Visa further added, “At Visa, we are vigilant in our efforts to stamp out illegal activity on our network, and we encourage our financial institution partners to regularly review their merchants’ compliance with our standards on this and other platforms.” 

However, Pornhub was unhappy by the decision of Mastercard and Visa to suspend payments on the website. Also, they called it an exceptionally disheartening move, since they come just two days after Pornhub introduced the most far-reaching safeguards in user-generated platform history.

A spokesperson from Pornhub told the Verge, “This news is crushing for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods”.

The Columnist, Nicholas Kristof in his report for the New York Times alleged that Pornhub is infested with rape and non-consensual videos and after this allegation only Pornhub came under the scanner. He had alleged that the site contains revenge pornography and videos which were shot without consent.

After the explosive report by Nicholas Kristof, Pornhub announced some changes in its website. They announced that it would only permit the users who are verified to upload videos on the website which means that only the content partners and the individuals within the Model Program will be able to upload the content to Pornhub. The website is also planning to start a verification process which would allow the users to upload the content after proper verification only. Pornhub will also ban users from downloading the videos from the website.

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