In an April 14 blog post, Mastercard announced its new requirement that banks connecting merchants to its network certify that pornography sites are blocking illegal content.
“This month, we are extending our existing Specialty Merchant Registration requirements,” Mastercard stated. “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.”
Mastercard will now require that people who are depicted in pornography, as well as those who are uploading it, will have documented their age and identity. Furthermore, all content must be reviewed by merchants prior to it being published.
Mastercard is also mandating that, in the event of illegal content being posted online, merchants have a plan in place to address complaints and remove illegal content within a week, along with establishing an “appeals process” if a participant wants the content removed.