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Bias in Banking: How FSC Is Leading the Charge in Fight for Fairness

Ask most people what they remember about the 1997 film “Boogie Nights,” and they’ll probably recall Heather Graham dancing around as Rollergirl, or the infamous pool party, or Mark Wahlberg finally — spoiler alert — unveiling his prosthetic penis.

ACLU Asks FTC to Investigate Mastercard for Discrimination Against Sex Workers, Adult Sites

The American Civil Liberties Union on Tuesday filed a formal complaint asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate Mastercard for discriminatory practices against sex workers and adult content websites.

MasterCard Updates Risk Standards to Address Adult Deepfakes

Mastercard last week informed acquirers about updates to its Business Risk Assessment and Mitigation (BRAM) standards for adult content, including verbiage addressing deepfakes.


New Mastercard Rules for Negative Option Billing

At the end of 2021, Mastercard implemented new rules regarding “negative option billing,” with even more rules going into effect on June 8, 2022.

Jonathan Corona ·

Cherie DeVille Pens Article on Financial Discrimination Against Sex Workers

Cherie DeVille has penned a new essay for the Daily Beast about financial discrimination against sex workers and the controversy generated by Mastercard’s rule changes last month.

FSC Releases Updated Guidelines on New Mastercard Rules

Free Speech Coalition (FSC) has released a statement with clarifications regarding the new Mastercard guidelines that will go into effect Friday.

'Fight for the Future' Endorses #AcceptanceMatters Campaign

Digital rights organization Fight for the Future has endorsed the #AcceptanceMatters campaign against banking discrimination, spearheaded by LGBTQ+ sex workers in the wake of Mastercard’s new rules for online content.

Mastercard: Webmasters Express Concerns About 'Report Abuse' Forms

As the October 15 deadline set by Mastercard for compliance with its new rules for adult websites looms, “compliance packages” created with the input of merchant banks and payment processors have become a subject of concern among content creator and webmaster communities.

Patreon Updates Rules for Adult Content Creators

Patreon released on Sunday an official “Creator Policy Engagement Update” for its base of adult content creators.

Stoya Decries Sex Worker Financial Discrimination

Global business news site Quartz published an interview last week with writer and semi-retired adult star Stoya, about financial discrimination against sex workers.


The Master Keys to the New Mastercard Rules

It’s been a hot topic this year and now we’re just over a month away from the new Mastercard regulations taking effect. The official date when enforcement begins is October 15, 2021, but many of you have likely felt the impact of the new regulations already.

Cathy Beardsley ·

FinXP Becomes a 'Principal Member' of Mastercard

FinXP has announced it's new status as a principal member and card issuer of Mastercard.

LGBTQ+ Sex Workers Lead #AcceptanceMatters Campaign Against Banking Discrimination

A group of national and local sex worker collectives, led by LGBTQ+ activists in the community, have launched the #AcceptanceMatters campaign “to demand an immediate pause on Mastercard's new planned adult content policies pending the creation of stakeholder advisory councils, and to protest ongoing discrimination from the banking industry.”

ASACP Comments on New Credit Card Regulations

The Association of Sites Advocating Child Protection (ASACP) has commented on  upcoming regulations for commercial apps and websites that rely on credit card and other transaction processors.

MasterCard Execs Meet With APAG, FSC Over New Processing Rules

Executives from MasterCard held a meeting yesterday with representatives from adult performers union APAG and industry trade group Free Speech Coalition (FSC) to discuss the upcoming rule changes for credit card processing of adult content.


The Impact of Mastercard on Classic Adult Content

The adult industry is constantly evolving thanks to advancements in technology, social trends and the ever-changing talent population.

Alana Evans ·

APAG's Alana Evans Pens Open Letter to Mastercard

The Daily Beast published on Sunday an op-ed by Adult Performance Artists Guild (APAG) President Alana Evans calling out Mastercard’s “hypocrisy” at trying to set up draconian identity verification rules for adult entertainment that would further stigmatize it and threaten its existence in comparison to adult-oriented mainstream content.

Vendo Announces Compliance Task Force for New MasterCard Rules

Vendo has announced the creation of a 10-person task force to build new systems to comply with the new MasterCard rules announced on April 15.

Here's What the New Mastercard Rules Mean for Adult Sites, Producers

After yesterday’s XBIZ report that Mastercard Inc. had decided to change the requirements it sets for banks that process payments for “sellers of adult content,” industry payment processors, attorneys and advocates shared their thoughts on what this might mean for content production and distribution.

Mastercard Tightens Payment Regulations for 'Sellers of Adult Content'

Mastercard Inc. is “updating the requirements it sets for banks that process payments for sellers of adult content,” according to Bloomberg News.