Mastercard Confronts Abuse and Sexual Exploitation on Pornography Websites with New Policy

Mastercard Confronts Abuse and Sexual Exploitation on Pornography Websites with New Policy


Advocates against the multibillion-dollar porn industry had reason to celebrate last week after Mastercard introduced a new policy to address criminal content on pornography websites.

According to an April 14 blog post on Mastercard’s website, the company has decided to institute new rules on banks that process payments for such sites.

“The banks that connect merchants to our network will need to certify that the seller of adult content has effective controls in place to monitor, block and, where necessary, take down all illegal content,” senior vice president John Verdeschi wrote.

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Mastercard will also require banks to ensure that pornography websites verify the age and identity of individuals depicted in or uploading content. In addition, banks will need to ensure that sellers only post sexually explicit material after obtaining consent from the people depicted.

Other updated standards for banks include verifying the websites have a complaint resolution process to address illegal,

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