The Strategist

MasterCard to rethink cooperation with adult websites

12/07/2020 - 04:25

The payment operator MasterCard is reassessing its relationship with MindGeek, which owns the PornHub adult website. MasterCard informed Bloomberg of its decision after "The Children of PornHub" publication by the New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

The article tells stories of girls who unsuccessfully try to get intimate videos from PornHub removed. Videos in which the girls appeared were made before their majority and against their will.

MasterCard reported that it does not allow illegal activities within the payment network and also works with law enforcement and human rights organisations to identify such transactions. 

PornHub stated that it does not allow the publication of videos with children on the website.

Following the publication of The New York Times column, the investor and founder of the Pershing Square Capital Management fund urged Visa, MasterCard and Americal Express not to process payments on adult websites until the problem is solved entirely. 

"If this continues, their owners must be prosecuted," he wrote on Twitter.

It should be noted that in 2019 the PayPal payment system stopped supporting payments to models on PornHub. PayPal cited the fact that PornHub "made certain business payments through PayPal without our permission" (quoted by Reuters).


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