Today, Pornhub took down all videos from unverified accounts after a New York Times report documented instances of nonconsensual pornography can child sexual abuse material on the service.
But the Times editorial isn't what spurred the shutdown: rather, it was the decision by Visa and Mastercard to withdrawn Pornhub's payment processing that prompted Pornhub to take action.
You may count that as a win. No one with any kind of moral center endorses nonconsensual pornography, especially when it involves children, and the less there is out there, the better the world is. I agree.
But we should also be worried about the growing monopolization of payment processing, and the role that payment processors are coming to play as gatekeepers for all kinds of activities.
Mastercard and Visa are not qualified to make those calls. More importantly, no one elected them to make those calls. No law requires them to make those calls, and any law that tried would likely be unconstitutional.
If you want a sex industry based on consent and dignity, this should doubly worry you. After all, the first group of people shut down by payment processors' arbitrary judgements about what speech should and should exist were independent sex-workers.
But while pornographers aren't early adopters, they ARE leading indicators. Pornographers' fights with novel censorship tactics are also trial-runs for using those tactics against OTHER people - and payment processors have already been pressed into service.
Visa and Mastercard threats have been used to block or shut down journalism, self-published books, dating services.
@pluralistic what we need them is decentralised, privacy-orented payment processing.
The reason I've been such a long term supporter of https://SafeNetwork.tech is because it was never just about decentralised storage, or privacy, or democratising development and infrastructure provision, or payments and business models, but all of the above.
It remains the only project aiming so high, and with the potential to do so. There's a new test network due any day now, so this is a good time to get to know it.
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