Visa, Mastercard parted ways with the advertising department of Pornhub owner Mindgeek – National after a lawsuit

Visa VN and Mastercard MA.N announced on Thursday that they had severed ties to the advertising arm of MindGeek, owner of pornography website Pornhub, after a lawsuit allegedly raised questions about whether payment companies could enable child pornography.

On Friday, a federal judge in California denied Visa’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a woman who alleges the company facilitated the distribution of child pornography on Pornhub and other websites owned by parent company MindGeek.

Visa said “we strongly oppose this decision” and that the company “does not allow our network to be used for illegal activities.”

Both Visa and Mastercard parted ways with Pornhub in 2020 after The New York Times reported that many videos posted on the adult site depicted sexual assaults on children. Pornhub denied the allegations.

However, Friday’s court ruling created new uncertainty about the role of TrafficJunky, MindGeek’s advertising arm, Visa said.

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“Accordingly, based on the court’s decision, we will suspend TrafficJunky’s visa acceptance privileges until further notice.”

Likewise, Mastercard said on Thursday that new facts from the ruling “have alerted us to ad revenue outside of our view that appears to indirectly fund Pornhub.”

As a result, the company is “directing financial institutions to suspend acceptance of our products on TrafficJunky.”

MindGeek and TrafficJunky representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Michelle Price)

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