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Porn sites blame Mastercard for crackdown on non-human dildos

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Some people like to fuck dildos shaped like a man’s penis glittery purple dragon. Some people enjoy watching others fuck dildos shaped like a glittery purple dragon’s penis. But if you’re selling footage of such a sight, or perhaps want to buy that footage yourself on a mainstream clip market website as a legal, consenting adult, you’re simply not allowed to do so. Why? Because Mastercard said so.

As various creators have reported, sites like IWantClips have banned them from uploading and selling anything with a “non-human” dildo due to Mastercard’s Terms of Service. On August 11 Domina lady vi shared a screenshot of a notification from IWC on Twitter stating that their video “Satanic Seduction: Sacrilegious Strapon” could not be uploaded because it violates the credit card company’s policies. “Demon dildos are apparently not allowed,” she said. Back in March, pornstar GGummi shared a similar screenshot from the website for a video featuring a blue and green tie-dyed tentacle dildo.

“Non-human looking dildo content is not permitted on the site in any form and is a serious violation of the Mastercard TOS,” IWC said in both screenshots. See IWC’s Prohibited Content List for more information that “no animals or animal-like dildos” are not allowed. “Animals are not allowed in any content on our platform,” the website states. “This includes animals that may appear in the background of content, as well as any animal or non-humanoid/animal-like dildos and/or fantasies.” IWC specifically credits Mastercard as the source of these rules in a note at the bottom of the list, stating: “Please note that we believe in giving artists as much freedom of creativity and expression as possible. Please note that we are doing our best to ensure artists are able to do just that and these are just the rules we are required to enforce with Visa/MasterCard.”

In October 2021, Mastercard began enforcing an updated set of policies for adult content. For a merchant to continue accepting Mastercard for payments, it would need to follow these new rules, which relate broadly to improved performer identification measures, prevent abuse and human trafficking, and prohibit the display of anything suggestive of non-consensual or illegal activity. That’s all well and good, but as cast members immediately began to discover, the vague language of these guidelines has also proven to be a problem for various types of fantasy games and consensual kinks – including those related to mythical creatures and Monster Dongs.

In particular, however, a Mastercard press contact emailed me that the specific term “non-human dildos” is “not mentioned in our rules” and that it may be a policy with iWantClips and the bank the site is affiliated with is The Networks of Mastercard.

Despite this, many creators have seen an increase in content restrictions of this type since Mastercard’s updated policies were implemented. According to a February 2022 study out Valerie Webber, PhDChairman of the board of the non-profit health organization for adult performers HAPPEN, 90 percent of the performers involved in the study experienced downsides to their adult platform accounts, such as: B. removal of their account or content, or payment pauses due to Mastercard’s policies. Those who produced content containing kink/fetish or fantasy/roleplay were 1.4 times more likely to have their content removed, while queer performers of any type were 1.5 times more likely.

Webber ties Mastercard’s policies to a growing movement of religiously-motivated right-wing lobbyists like Exodus Cry, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, and anti-sex worker feminists whose ultimate goal is to completely restrict porn. “You take off the fringes first and slowly move into the middle,” Webber told me over Zoom. “Because some of these fetishes are considered ‘weird’ or ‘gross,’ it’s difficult to get people to take responsibility for being attacked.” These groups have openly pressured Mastercard and other payment processors to move away from porn separate and celebrated Mastercard’s policies when they were announced.

In short, groups like NCOSE have been successful in making it harder for porn sites to do business while using Mastercard as an excuse. “MasterCard has always had rules and specific requirements for adult content, it’s just that they’ve really tightened them up and put more pressure on platforms to monitor that,” Webber continues. “It’s a two-tier thing – MasterCard puts pressure on the platform, and the platform monitors the actual performers. And depending on how risk-averse the platform is or not, they will take action against anything that could be interpreted as violating those rules.”

And so here we ban adult content creators from driving Neon Ogre Tails in the comfort of their own homes, in front of the cameras, to sell to other adults. Experts like Webber fear it will only get more restrictive from here. “I always half-jokely tell people to download the porn they want now,” they say. “Anything that isn’t even remotely vanilla heteronormative goes on the chopping block.”

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Andrew Schnitker

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