Mastercard and Visa investigate Pornhub ties over child abuse allegations

Mastercard and Visa are investigating their business relationship with Pornhub after allegations that the popular porn site is hosting child sexual abuse content.


The world’s largest credit card networks said they could cut ties with Pornhub and its Canadian parent company MindGeek over the issue.

It comes after a column in The New York Times detailed claims of underage sex, rape and revenge porn videos running rampant on Pornhub.

The report cites a number of first-hand accounts from victims who have appeared in such videos. Many said they were left traumatized and suicidal from the ordeal, according to the NYT.

“Any assertion that we allow CSAM (child sexual abuse material) is irresponsible and flagrantly untrue,” a Pornhub spokesperson told CNBC.

“Pornhub is unequivocally committed to combating CSAM, and has instituted an industry-leading trust and safety policy to identify and eradicate illegal material from our community.”

Mastercard is “investigating the allegations raised in the New York Times” and “working with MindGeek’s bank to understand this situation,” a spokesperson for the company told CNBC.

“If the claims are substantiated, we will take immediate action.”

Visa said it is “aware of the allegations” and was “actively engaging” with relevant financial institutions and MindGeek to investigate.


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