PayPal Stops Supporting Pornhub Payments

PayPal Stops Supporting Pornhub Payments

Pornhub has reportedly been dropped by PayPal, the primary platform used to pay performers.

Yesterday, the adult streaming platform wrote in a blog post that the sudden decision affects "over a hundred thousand performers who rely on [these PayPal payments] for their livelihoods."

But what exactly spurred PayPal's decision to stop payment support for the site? According to an email statement sent to Reuters, PayPal alleges that a review of Pornhub's transactions revealed that the company had "made certain business payments through PayPal without seeking our permission. We have taken action to stop these transactions from occurring."

The payment processing company elaborated on their rationale to Gizmodo, saying that these "business payments" applied to models participating in Pornhub's sex-positive model program, which allows independent performers to upload their own videos and earn ad revenue from them.

Additionally, the publication reports that Pornhub is apparently in violation of PayPal's "sexually-oriented goods" terms of service clause, which is yet another example of the continued discrimination of sex workers by financial institutions.

In the wake of PayPal's decision, Pornhub is asking performers to change their payment methods, as well as asking those with pending payments to contact the company immediately. Per The Verge, the site is currently in the process of trying to "add more sex worker-friendly" payment alternatives.

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