Paypal Deplatforms Pornhub

First they came for Alex Jones and I said nothing because I didn’t want to look like a crackpot.

Next they came for the Alt Right and I said nothing because I didn’t want to look intolerant.

Now they’ve come for the porn, and there is no one left to stand at my side.

There is none to blame but PayPal themselves for their abhorrent reputation. When this story first broke everyone naturally assumed — including Gab in their now deleted tweet — that this action was taken over political reasons.

It didn’t help matters that the termination of service came without warning or even a public announcement before falling into silence. Naturally with their reputation and how this went down it appeared obvious why this happened and all that was left was for the details to come forward.

Only now does it appear what everyone thought was the case potentially isn’t what happened. Responding to Motherboard, aka Vice, PayPal clarified Pornhub was removed for using their service for transactions they were not allowed to use their service for.

“Following a review, we have discovered that Pornhub has made certain business payments through PayPal without seeking our permission. We have taken action to stop these transactions from occurring.”

Extrapolating it would appear based on the limited information available that Pornhub was utilizing the service in ways that were not previously approved. It is important to remember that Porn has the largest backcharge rate of any service, so the types of transactions Pornhub was authorized to process were limited in scope to manage risk on the part of PayPal.

What likely triggered said investigation was the high rate of chargebacks that occur as a result of fraud, buyer’s remorse, and getting busted buying spank material and needing to claim it was fraud.  Naturally many will suspect this is just a convenient utilization of one of their rules to remove Pornhub from their services. Again this is an issue with the image Paypal has fostered of themselves as they have done so in the past and have long had a rule against supporting or financing porn through their services.

Yet when given a chance to rebuke this claim, Pornhub did not do so. Instead they used their sex workers as a shield attempting to change the subject from what Paypal had claimed.

 “Decisions like that of PayPal and other major companies do nothing but harm efforts to end discrimination and stigma towards sex workers. While we still have several payment methods for our models available, we will continue to add more sex worker friendly ones and explore cryptocurrency options in the near future.”

Certainly there still remains the possibility that Pornhub was removed for political reasons. Yet that itself doesn’t make much since given the company has engaged regularly in virtue signaling. Nor does it make any sense when you look at the scope the company has grown to with its owner Mind Geek, as detailed by Slate, owning a huge chunk of the digital porn industry giving them considerable economic and social leverage.

Certainly the Left is known to eat themselves, but this does not appear to be such an instance.

Unless a bombshell leak comes out the likely story is what PayPal claimed. Pornhub thought they were above the rules and they got the boot as a result of their own behavior.

(Thanks for the news tip 13animesinwonderlands 13alices)