Why Mastercard’s New Porn Rules Should Scare Everyone

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Daily Beast: Since OnlyFans reversed its decision to ban adult content, the public has quieted about where they can watch porn. But here in Porn Valley, where we live and die by tech giants’ content restrictions, we remain very concerned.

Last month, Mastercard announced new rules for performers, production companies, and distributors. If Mastercard finds a party violated the terms, it could stop processing payments.

Since Mastercard is one of two credit card giants, they will decide what porn Americans buy. On the surface, the rules sound great. Mastercard requires companies to verify performers’ ages.

Who doesn’t want that? But they have previously banned pornographers for selling legal content they considered inappropriate, and the new rules are vague. Adult professionals are unsure how to follow them, and many are concerned about potential privacy violations. Most of all, we’re worried about the precedent these rules set for the general public.

To be clear: Adult professionals support age verification. The government has required us to maintain proof of age for years via 2257 forms, including two forms of ID, name, address, and Social Security number.

We meticulously follow the law because a) we support the law, and b) the public scrutinizes us. We protect our asses. We also have standards and practices to ensure our records remain private. If a company didn’t keep records safe, our age, legal name, and other risky personal information could be at risk.

Mastercard puts us in danger because, for the first time, it requires Pornhub, OnlyFans, and other distribution companies to obtain copies of age-verification records instead of only the owner of the content having and maintaining them.

If our records were not kept securely and someone infiltrated one of these platforms, they could blast performers’ info across the dark web, making us vulnerable to fraudsters, blackmail artists, and worst of all, people who want to harm us physically.

A decade or so ago, criminals hacked AIM, our then testing site, and retrieved performers’ confidential health records, including their HIV statuses. Porn stars walk around with targets on their backs.  Read more…

https://www.thedailybeast.com/why-mastercards-new-porn-rules-should-scare-everyone?ref=home

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3 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder if you would take such an ugly stance if a policeman did this to someone in your family. You need to work on your empathy for victims of life’s unfortunate insaniries and bizzare events. Suppose a cop did this to a friend or family of yours?

  2. Porn is a much greater evil than prostitution. It might surprise people, but St Augustine said: “Remove prostitutes from human affairs and you unleash every kind of sexual perversity,” (Aufer meretrices ex rebus humanis et turbaveris omnia libidinibus.”) The greater evils he meant were primarily homosexual behavior, rape, beastiality, and adultery. Some moral evils can be tolerated in order to help prevent greater moral and social evils.

    Porn on the other hand degrades and exploits women and girls, ruins relationships and marriages, causes impotence, undermines healthy social interaction, and in general messes up men’s brains. It is highly addictive and with its diminishing returns, leads one into violent and otherwise more and more transgressive sources of vicarious sexual indulgence. It is also a highly effective weapon for political and social control, as E Michael Jones documents in his book Libido Dominandi: Sexual Liberation and Political Control, also interviews on youtube and elsewhere.

  3. Prostitution is essentially legalized, and in my community the massage parlor is located near the fire and police training facilities and the airport. But we need it verbalized.
    It would be quite healthy for community to accept and protect women who choose any legal activity, and stigmas and bias need to be brought to heel. Not long ago, every military base featured “strip clubs” right outside the gates.
    I view this topic the same way as I do transgender. Protection and acceptance, need not be promotion. The oldest profession will always be protected by the second oldest profession.