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Pornhub Might Lose Visa and Mastercard After NYT Exposé

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo: Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof detailed the easily-searchable horrors uploaded in plain view onto Pornhub, arguing that the site goes unpunished for profiting from child sex abuse material (CSAM), sexual assault, and nonconsensual pornography (sometimes called “revenge porn.”) Now, Visa and Mastercard claim that they’re reassessing their relationship with the site’s parent company, Canadian porn megacorp MindGeek.

In emailed statements to Gizmodo, Visa said that it is “vigilant” in rooting out illegal activity in its network, and a site will no longer be able to accept Visa payment if it “is identified as not complying with applicable laws or the financial institutions’ acceptable use policies and underwriting standards.” Similarly, Mastercard said that it works “closely with law enforcement and organizations like the National and International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to monitor, detect and prevent illegal transactions.” “We are investigating the allegations raised in the New York Times and are working with MindGeek’s bank to understand this situation,” Mastercard added, “in addition to the other steps they have already taken. If the claims are substantiated, we will take immediate action.” But it’s unclear whether the credit card companies are investigating the existence of CSAM on MindGeek’s plexus of sites, or whether MindGeek has been aware of CSAM and hasn’t followed legal requirements to act on it.

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