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Danny O’Brien and Rainey Reitman speak well when they write on Electronic Frontier Foundation, “Visa and Mastercard are trying to dictate what you can watch on Pornhub.” Nicholas Kristof had written an expose about Pornhub in Canada in the New York Times.
Right, credit card behemoths were not elected to be censors of what Americans can watch. However, the finance industry as a whole has to worry about “know your customer” rules (and racketeering laws and the like, which have been mentioned as a possible way around Section 230 in some criminal cases). But payment processors have also come under social pressure especially from the progressive Left to deny banking services to villains in the culture wars over hate speech, as if they had a say on a customer’s “social credit” (like literally so in China). Paypal has been involved in this problem.
Pornhub has recently removed a lot of videos where it is alleged underaged performers were used (which could invoke child pornography prosecution risks even for consumers if you take seriously the idea of strict liability, as used to be the case in some states like Arizona).
Pornhub may be offering “complete” endings for some tempting videos on YouTube that set up edgy situations and then stop.