PayPal recently pulled out of an agreement with popular pornography website PornHub which allowed content creators to be paid via PayPal. In a blog post PornHub called the move “devastating.”
“We are all devastated by PayPal’s decision to stop payouts to over a hundred thousand performers who rely on them for their livelihoods,” the company wrote, apologizing for the inconvenience and promising that all payments will be made as quickly as possible.
“If you have a pending payment for October and were using PayPal, please contact us immediately (select support type payment issues) with your updated payment method and update your payment info in your model settings tab as well. Payments will start to be sent out the end of this week. We sincerely apologize if this causes any delays and we will have staff working around the clock to make sure all payouts are processed as fast as possible on the new payment methods.”
In addition to serving as a massive digital library of free porn clips, PornHub has a Model Program in which people can upload their videos and, like YouTube, be paid a share of the website’s ad revenue.
A spokesperson for PornHub provided the following statement to Vice:
“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.”
A spokesperson for PayPal, meanwhile, was ambiguous, stating, “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.”
For what it’s worth, PayPal’s acceptable use policy excludes “certain sexually oriented materials or services.”
PornHub is now reportedly looking to expand its cryptocurrency option, which is currently limited to Verge (XVG). In order to be paid with XVG, models must have a digital wallet that supports such payments.