Visa and Mastercard are Trying to Dictate What You Can Watch on Pornhub - 2020-12-14

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F366.png Visa and Mastercard are Trying to Dictate What You Can Watch on Pornhub December 14, 2020, Danny O'Brien, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Pornhub is removing millions of user-uploaded videos. This action comes after a New York Times column accused the website of hosting sexual videos of underage and nonconsenting women. In response to the Times' article, Visa and Mastercard cut ties with Pornhub, making it impossible for Pornhub to process payments other than through cryptocurrencies.

This isn't a debate over whether Pornhub is predatory. This is a question about what level of censorship power we want to give to payment processors.

Sexual exploitation is a scourge on society that needs resources, education, victim support, and, when necessary, prosecution by responsible authorities to address. Visa and Mastercard are the wrong entities for addressing these problems. Visa and Mastercard do not have the skills, expertise, or position to determine complex issues of digital speech. Nuanced challenges to what content should exist online, and whether moderation policies will inadvertently punish otherwise marginalized voices, are issues that legal experts, human rights experts, lawmakers, and courts in the United States and abroad have been deeply considering for years. The truth is, navigating speech policies in a way that won't shut down huge swaths of legitimate and worthy speech is hard. And it's wrong that Visa and Mastercard have the power to—however clumsily—police speech online.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Danny | last = O'Brien | author2 = Rainey Reitman | title = Visa and Mastercard are Trying to Dictate What You Can Watch on Pornhub | url = https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/12/visa-and-mastercard-are-trying-dictate-what-you-can-watch-pornhub | work = Electronic Frontier Foundation | date = December 14, 2020 | accessdate = December 27, 2020 }}