Visa lifts payment ban for some MindGeek porn sites — but not Pornhub

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Visa said it will allow cardholders to buy some porn from Pornhub’s parent company, MindGeek — but not Pornhub itself.

The credit-card giant said it will lift its payment ban for MindGeek sites that host porn from professional studios. The Luxembourg-based conglomerate owns several such sites, including Brazzers, Digital Playground and Men.com.

“Following a thorough review, Visa will reinstate acceptance privileges for MindGeek sites that offer professionally produced adult studio content,” a Visa spokesperson said Wednesday.

But Visa says it will still ban payments for Pornhub and other MindGeek platforms where users can upload their own videos, such as YouPorn and RedTube.

Visa joined Mastercard in cutting off such transactions this month after a New York Times exposé found Pornhub hosted videos of rape scenes, revenge porn and other footage taken without the knowledge or consent of the participants.

Pornhub has ramped up its efforts to root out illegal content following the Times investigation by removing millions of videos that were uploaded by unverified users, launching new content-moderation initiatives and pledging to revamp its verification system.

In a statement responding to Visa’s latest decision, MindGeek said it is dedicated to showing it has implemented “the most far-reaching safeguards in user-generated platform history.”

“Any assertion that we allow child sexual abuse material on our platform is flagrantly untrue,” the company said.

“We are committed to combating illegal content for the safety of our community, and so that the hundreds of thousands of models that rely on our platform can continue to earn a living.”

With Post wires

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