Visa & MC Cut Business Ties From Massive Porn Site — Here’s Why

Written by Wes Walker on December 11, 2020

Following a recent scandal, one of the biggest names in porn sites just took a serious hit.

You’ve probably heard of Pornhub. They’re big business. From their ‘year in review’ news release:

Pornhub keeps on growing and it doesn’t show signs of letting up. In 2019 there were over 42 Billion visits to Pornhub, which means there was an average of 115 million visits per day. One-Hundred-Fifteen Million – that’s the equivalent of the populations of Canada, Australia, Poland and the Netherlands all visiting in one day! –PH

Ok, that’s a lot of people, and stats-wise, the vast majority of site visits are from the good ol’ USA.

We can only imagine that business grew even more with so many people staying home and doing everything online. [Insert Toobin joke here.]

But their fortunes began to change with an article critical of their policies.

Credit card giants Visa and Mastercard said Sunday that they are investigating their business relationship with Pornhub after a prominent newspaper columnist alleged that the pornographic website shows videos of rape and underage sex.

Nicholas Kristof, opinion columnist at The New York Times, wrote Friday that Pornhub carries rape scenes, revenge pornography and other examples of explicit video taken without consent of the participants.

Pornhub’s “site is infested with rape videos. 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,” Kristof wrote. – CBS

Paypal had cut ties with Pornhub last year.

But now that this NYTimes article has put their content in the spotlight, credit card companies have been called upon to do the same.

Mastercard said in a statement its investigation confirmed violations of its standards that prohibit “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,” MasterCard said. “In addition, we continue to investigate potential illegal content on other websites to take the appropriate action.”

Visa issued a similar statement Thursday.

“We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend processing of payments through the Visa network,” the company said in a statement, referring to Pornhub’s parent company.

“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 of our standards on this and other platforms,” the statement continued. –TheHill

PornHub played the altruism card.

“This news is crushing for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods,” Pornhub said in a statement. –TheHill

Riiiight.

It’s the girls they’re concerned about. Not the gazillions in revenue they would have earned off the backs of those girls.

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