Patreon announces updated rules for adult content creators

Patreon has released an official update to its content policy, in regards to creators who publish adult content. This is another platform that has changed its policies on publishing adult content as a result of requirements that Mastercard wants to introduce.

Patreon’s adult content policy statement reads:

First, to be clear: Patreon will continue to support adult/18+ content that is within our guidelines and we have no plans to ban this category of content. It’s important to us that adult/18+ creators can continue earning income on Patreon. To that end, we want to be open with you about Mastercard’s new standards, and of course, we’ll share the creator-first updates we make to fulfill them.

Here’s what Mastercard’s new requirements will involve:

    • Consent Documentation: Mastercard will require adult/18+ creators to document that any real people featured in their content are adults who have consented to the content’s creation and distribution.
    • Age & Identity Verification: Mastercard will also require adult/18+ creators to confirm their date of birth and identity by providing a form of government-issued identification. We will begin this process with new adult/18+ creator signups before expanding it to adult/18+ creators who have already launched on Patreon, and will share additional details accordingly.

We understand these requirements can feel overwhelming, which is why in the coming weeks and months, we’ll be rolling out tools and procedures to make the process as easy as possible.

In mid-April 2021, MasterCard announced on its blog that it will make changes to the payment processing rules for customers who are in the adult industry. In the Blog, John Verdeschi, MasterCard’s senior vice president of customer engagement and performance wrote:

“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”.

Patreon has also announced that they are inviting all adult/18+ content creators to contact them with feedback for any resources or education they may need regarding the new rules. To contact Patreon about this, please email or visit their Discord channel #policy-live-Q4-2021.

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