Last week, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof posted an opinion about Pornhub and how the porn site is “infested with rape videos.” Now, Mastercard and Visa are prohibiting the use of their cards on the site. After an investigation, the companies found that the site allows unlawful content to be uploaded onto their platform.
“We are instructing the financial institutions who serve MindGeek to suspend processing of payments through the visa network,” Visa said in a statement.
Kristof wrote in his column that the site showcased teenage girls who were victims of assault and trafficking.
“In each case, offenders were arrested for the assaults, but Pornhub escaped responsibility for sharing the videos and profiting from them,” Kristof wrote.
Pornhubhas made changes to prohibit unverified users from uploading videos. The company is “exceptionally disappointed” by Mastercard and Visa decision. According to the New York Times, Mastercard said it would continue to investigate illegal content on other websites and take action.