PayPal And Pornhub Are Breaking Up

In their Acceptable Use Policy, PayPal states, "You may not use the PayPal service for activities that ... items that are considered obscene ... certain sexually oriented materials or services."

PayPal to stop doing business with Pornhub

Late Wednesday, Pornhub announced on their blog that PayPal will no longer support payouts. According to the site, this will impact thousands of sex workers.

Banks and payment platforms have long disallowed payments to and from sex workers, but since the passing of the controversial FOSTA-SESTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act and the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act), platforms such as PayPal and also general social media sites seem to be turning more hostile towards porn creators. 

For example, crowdfunding platform Patreon cracked down on adult content creators this June; in their adult content guidelines they state, “We don’t allow pornographic material or sexual services on Patreon, which we define as ‘real people engaging in sexual acts such as masturbation or sexual intercourse on camera.'” PayPal is one of Patreon’s payment partners.

PayPal has already been listed as a platform that discriminates against sex workers, according to collective Survivors Against SESTA. 


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