Mastercard, Visa investigate Pornhub business relationship

Mastercard, Visa investigate Pornhub business relationship
In response to Kristof’s story, the credit card giants said they’re investigating the matter.
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Daily US Times: Credit card giants Mastercard and Visa said Sunday that they are investigating their business relationship with pornographic website Pornhub after a New York Times columnist alleged that the website shows videos of rape and underage sex.

On Friday, Nicholas Kristof, opinion columnist at The New York Times, wrote that Pornhub carries revenge pornography, rape scenes and other examples of explicit video taken without consent of the participants. Pornhub did not respond immediately to the issue.

Last year, online payment service PayPal stopped processing payments to Pornhub, a website owned by the pornography conglomerate MindGeek. Nicholas Kristof called out other card issuers for working with the site.

In response to Kristof’s story, the credit card giants said they’re investigating the matter.

Visa said on Sunday: “We are aware of the allegations, and we are actively engaging with the relevant financial institutions to investigate, in addition to engaging directly with the site’s parent company, MindGeek.”

Visa added that if Pornhub is violating bank policies or law, then the website will be prohibited from accepting Visa payments.

Meanwhile, Mastercard promised “immediate action″ if the allegations against Pornhub are substantiated.

In a statement, Mastercard said: “We are investigating the allegations raised in the New York Times and are working with MindGeek’s bank to understand this situation.”

American Express, another credit card giant, said company policy prohibits the Amex card from being used on “digital adult content websites.”

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