Visa and Mastercard ban Porbhub transactions after child abuse allegations

Visa and Mastercard have banned people from using their cards to make purchases on adult website Pornhub.

The decision comes after a New York Times investigation alleged that many of the site’s videos included depictions of children being sexually assaulted and had been taken without consent.

Both Visa and Mastercard started their own inquiries into the website with Mastercard reporting that it also found illegal content on the adult site. 

Visa’s inquiry is not finished but the payment company has decided to block transactions with Pornhub anyway. 

PayPal blocked purchases with the site last year for unrelated reasons involving a dispute over taking payments without permission. 

That leaves users who are part of the site’s 100 million daily visitors with American Express or cryptocurrency including Bitcoin and Litecoin which Pornhub started accepting in September. 

Pornhub said Mascercard and Visa’s decision was ‘exceptionally disappointing’ and ‘crushing news for the hundreds of thousands of models who rely on our platform for their livelihoods’.

The company has called the New York Times piece ‘irresponsible and flagrantly untrue’ and earlier this week announced that they would ban unverified users from uploading material. 


Pornhub said they will ‘only allow properly identified users to upload content’ and that they have banned downloads.

‘We have made some key expansions to our moderation process, and we recently launched a trusted flagger programme with dozens of non-profit organisations.’

Activists have long campaigned for the download feature to be disabled as it allows people to keep and share  videos even after Pornhub takes them down. 

After the company’s reforms only paid users inside a specific programme will be able to download content.

Figures suggest that the company had more than 42 billion visits to its website last year.

Metro.co.uk have contacted Pornhub for comment.

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