Mastercard to Cut Pornhub Ties After Finding Illegal Content

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Mastercard Inc. said it won’t allow its cards to be used on after the network’s review of the website uncovered unlawful content.

The company started looking into the website after a New York Times column accused Pornhub of distributing videos depicting child abuse and non-consensual violence. Pornhub has said any assertion that it allows material depicting child sexual abuse is untrue.

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      “Our investigation over the past several days has confirmed violations of our standards prohibiting unlawful content on their site,” Mastercard said in a statement Thursday. “We instructed the financial institutions that connect the site to our network to terminate acceptance.”

      Mastercard said it’s continuing to investigate potential illegal content on other websites. Pornography sites have long faced difficulty accepting electronic payments, and sex workers have claimed they’ve had their bank accounts shut down after lenders learned of their profession.

      A spokesman for Pornhub didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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