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Unlawful content: Mastercard, Visa end partnership with Pornhub

Master card and Visa have terminated partnership with Pornhub over nonconsensual and unlawful content.

According to the credit card companies, they are cutting off processing of payments in the sites after finding illegal videos including rape and child abuse.

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“Mastercard has just advised me that it has confirmed the presence of illegal material on Pornhub, so it is immediately ending Mastercard use on Pornhub. It will also address the issue on other websites. This wouldn’t have happened without survivors bravely speaking up,” tweeted New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof.

Mastercard also released a statement to the public where they disclosed that further investigation were opened.

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

Reports by New York Times on December 4 allegedly claimed that pornhub monetizing “child rapes, revenge pornography, spycam videos of women showering, racist and misogynist content, and footage of women being asphyxiated in plastic bags, further adding that it leads to sexual abuse.

The report also indicated that pornhub was not in control of the videos uploaded by its users.

“Because it’s impossible to be sure whether a youth in a video is 14 or 18, neither Pornhub nor anyone else has a clear idea of how much content is illegal,” the report read.

Pornhub has since denied the report by New York Times saying the reports were untrue and unverified.

The site has since blocked users from downloading their content and disclosed that before a user uploads any video they must be verified.

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“These actions are exceptionally disappointing, as they come just two days after Pornhub instituted the most far-reaching safeguards in user-generated platform history. Unverified users are now banned from uploading content – a policy no other platform has put in place, including Facebook, which reported 84 million instances of child sexual abuse material over the last three years. In comparison, the Internet Watch Foundation reported 118 incidents on Pornhub over the last three years,” said Pornhub parent company MindGeek.

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