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Pornhub deletes over 10 million videos after Mastercard and Visa cut ties
Pornhub deletes over 10 million videos after Mastercard and Visa cut ties
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The site made the announcement days after Discover, Mastercard, and Visa all stopped accepting payments from Pornhub over concerns the platform was hosting thousands of child porn and rape video clips. In its defense, Pornhub is questioning why the child porn controversy is threatening its business when illegal videos continue to circulate on mainstream social media sites such as Facebook. However, the founder of TraffickingHub, Laila Mickelwait, has long argued that Pornhub often ignored the child porn videos on its site, leaving victims to suffer while it profits from the traffic.

Business • Media & Advertising
Pornhub: Visa and Mastercard discontinue business relations
Pornhub: Visa and Mastercard discontinue business relations
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Visa and Mastercard opened investigations and put MindGeek's business relationship under scrutiny on Monday after a New York Times report indicated that child abuse and non-consensual sexual violence videos had been published on Pornhub.

According to the New York Times, Mastercard stated on Thursday that the investigations had confirmed "violations of our standards to ban illegal content" on Pornhub's website. MindGeek announced on Tuesday restrictions on uploads and downloads to Pornhub in view of the accusations in the New York Times report and the subsequent investigations by Visa and Mastercard.

Technology • Internet & Web
WhatsApp launches payment service in India
WhatsApp launches payment service in India
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After testing WhatsApp payments in India for some years, Facebook has been granted a legal permit to roll out the payment service across the country.

The service uses the Indian Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and users are able to make payments to any user using an app that is built on that standard.

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PayPal introduces annual fee for inactive users in some countries
PayPal introduces annual fee for inactive users in some countries
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With new usage guidelines coming into force on December 16 inactive users will be forced to pay a inactivity fee that will only be deducted from existing credit on the respective accounts.

If the available amount is not sufficient, then only the remaining credit is used up. Linked payment sources such as accounts or credit cards will not be accessed. The penalty will be twelve euros and it is not clear in which countries it will be introduced.

Technology • Internet & Web
Brazilian Central Bank halts WhatsApp’s payments service
Screenshots of WhatsApp Pay in Brazil
Screenshots of WhatsApp Pay in Brazil Credit: WhatsApp

Just a week after its launch in the country, WhatsApp Pay was suspended by the Central Bank of Brazil.

The bank authority released a statement suggesting it hadn’t had the opportunity to analyse WhatsApp’s payment service before its rollout, and that was a mandatory step before the service could be launched.

WhatsApp payments partners for in Brazil are required to suspend money transfers on the app or will face fines and administrative sanctions.

Law
Former Wirecard CEO Markus Braun was arrested
Markus Braun
Markus Braun Credit: Wirecard

The former CEO of Wirecard AG, Markus Braun, was arrested on Monday evening. Braun had been detained on suspicion of inflating Wirecard's revenues and balance sheet to make it appear more solid and attractive for investors and customers.

Wirecard acknowledged on Monday that €1.9 billion in missing cash, around a quarter of the company's assets, probably never existed in the first place.