Mastercard and Visa have terminated the use of their cards on Pornhub on alledged videos of child abuse and rape.

Mastercard and Visa said they had prohibited the use of its cards on the adult website Pornhub, after The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof reported that the platform included videos of child abuse and rape.

The credit card companies had started separate investigations this week into their financial ties with MindGeek, the parent company of Pornhub.
Mastercard said in a statement on Thursday that the investigation “confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site,” which prompted the company to terminate the acceptance of its cards on the site.

“We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend processing of payments through the Visa network,” pending the completion of its investigation, Visa said in a separate statement.

Nearly seven million videos are posted on Pornhub each year, and although the vast majority of them probably depict consensual acts, many do not, Mr. Kristof wrote. He reported that videos of teenage girls who had been victims of assault and trafficking had been found on the website.

“In each case, offenders were arrested for the assaults, but Pornhub escaped responsibility for sharing the videos and profiting from them,” Mr. Kristof wrote.

Pornhub said it was “unequivocally committed to combating child sexual abuse material, and has instituted a comprehensive, industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.” The site on Tuesday put into place changes to protect the platform from nonconsensual content.

Mastercard said it would continue to investigate potential illegal content on other websites, and take action as necessary.

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