MasterCard no longer allows Japanese to buy adult content — Kudasai

the japanese platform digital multimeter issued a press release announcing that it will terminate the payment agreement with debit or credit cards through financial services MasterCard. Management apologized for any inconvenience this may cause, and invited clients to opt for other financial service providers such as VISA.

The full statement wrote:

  • To MasterCard customers: Thank you for your continued support of this service. We have decided to terminate the payment agreement with MasterCard as of 2:00 p.m. on July 29, 2022 (Friday). We apologize for the inconvenience, but ask MasterCard customers to switch to VISA, JCB, Amex, or Diners.

And why does this cancellation come? While the press release offers no explanation, this probably responds to one of the updates announced by MasterCard in October 2021 about the use of its services on adult content platforms. That’s how it is, digital multimeter is a Japanese e-commerce platform for doujinshi content and other products, also including adult content.

And what does the new update imply? MasterCard? This is summarized as follows: MasterCard created a new policy for adult content websites that use your credit card or payment optionsimposing requirements such as pre-approval of all content before publicationthe prohibition of certain search terms and the keeping records verifying the age and identity of all performers. The stated intent of the policy is to prevent child sexual abuse material and other non-consensual content. But in practice, these requirements are difficult, if not impossible, to meet.

For example, a site like solofans has a million content creators. If each of them uploaded a video on a certain day, according to the policy of MasterCard, solofans you would have to review each video before posting it to determine if it is compliant. Pre-publication review on that scale is next to impossible, and would likely be riddled with errors considering the speed at which online platforms work. This policy will make it much more difficult for platforms to host adult content, which will destabilize the websites that sex workers use for a living. Furthermore, this policy is not intended to address the concerns stated by MasterCard. The policy only applies to a small fraction of websites (those hosting adult content), but all available evidence indicates that these problems are rampant across all types of websites.

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