Pornhub: Mastercard explores links to the porn forum.

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    Pornhub: Mastercard explores links to the porn forum.

    Note: The following article may consist of inappropriate context for children.

    Payments giant Mastercard is investigating its Pornhub Pornographic Site business on the grounds of allegations released by the New York Times.

    Pornhub parent company MindGeek refuted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nicholas Kristof’s allegations that he found numerous videos involving child sex violence, “revenge porn” and rape.

    Mastercard rival Visa is also examining, according to Sky News.

    MindGeek said the statements were “negligent and blatantly untrue”.

    Pornhub

    Mastercard replied after Kristof called it, saying that he “didn’t see why web pages, banks, or credit-card companies” could “enhance” Pornhub.

    Pornhub is mostly free to use. The Users can pay £9.99 a month for higher-quality streaming video and free and exclusive content.

    Its content is mostly posted to its community and viewable to the public.

    But the firm said any video posted had been checked by human moderators.

    Underage porn videos

    In its most recent annual analysis, the website reported that it had had 42 billion site users in 2019 and that more than 6,83 million videos had been uploaded, with a cumulative viewing time of 169 years.

    But it didn’t mention how many moderators it used.

    Kristof reported that searches for under-age” videos provided several results, and although not all children were included, some appeared to be.

    Underage porn videos

    Pornhub said it had “zero tolerance” for child sexual exploitation and used a combination of software from Google, YouTube, and Microsoft to help him track and delete illegal content.

    Earlier this year, BBC News told the story of Rose Kalemba, who had been raped at the age of 14 and then had to fight to get a video of the attack deleted from Pornhub.

    Pornhub replied that it was under new ownership at the time, in 2009, and now the industry’s most rigorous protections and policies” were in place to tackle inappropriate material.

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