of the war on porn continues department
Mastercard is killing another way for sex workers to make money. Its updated policy on “illegal adult content” targets a bunch of adult content that isn’t actually illegal. The new policy prevents streaming platforms from complying with the new rules. Since they aren’t able to pre-select what content to stream, they’ll just start blocking anything that looks like it could get Mastercard to pull the plug.
This will hit adult cam sites like OnlyFans and MyFreeCams the hardest, as sex worker / lawyer Mary Moody points out. But it will also cause collateral damage to streaming sites that are unable to comply with the new Mastercard requirements and may start banning accounts and blocking streams if they suspect (without verifying) that a “adult content” could be offered.
Here’s what Mastercard requires from sites hosting content:
Age verification and documented identity for all people depicted and those who download content
Content review process prior to publication
Complaint resolution process that addresses illegal or non-consensual content within seven business days
Appeal process allowing any represented person to request the removal of their content
Some of these are actions that platforms should already be taking. But the second point poses significant challenges. This “for the kids” effort will hurt adults who produce adult content – many who have never produced content considered “illegal” under the First Amendment. Mastercard cites its partnership with several law enforcement agencies (as well as child pornography clearinghouses like NCMEC) but doesn’t say why it all seems adult content should be subject to rules designed to prevent the streaming of illegal content.
In the absence of significant effort on Mastercard’s part (this places the responsibility on everyone except the credit card company), a statement like this makes no sense:
We are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure that only legal activity takes place on our network.
But Mastercard doesn’t actually do anything. It places more demands on platforms that accept Mastercard payments, but that doesn’t matter. It makes a bunch of other people jump through impossible hoops under threat of funding. And it will cause damage to many lawful activities.
Mastercard is free to choose who it does business with. But if he just wants to remove the cam sites used by sex workers, he could at least say so, rather than hiding behind “kid-friendly” platitudes because it is impossible for sites like this. to host genuinely legal content. It is simply an anti-pornography crusade that deliberately combines child pornography and revenge pornography with legal content created by adults. Second, Mastercard prevents platforms from complying without cutting off the majority of their user base.
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