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US censorship through banking

Denying banking services to the morally incorrect


Free Speech Coalition report on censorship by bankers...

Financial Discrimination and the Adult Industry Report

Link Here2nd April 2023
Full story: US censorship through banking...Denying banking services to the morally incorrect

Access to banking services is a basic necessity in our society and adult industry members experience financial discrimination at alarming rates. The upshot is that already stigmatized and marginalized workers and businesses lose control of their own finances, subjecting them to extreme risk of exploitation.

This report, produced by the Free Speech Coalition in collaboration with Sex Work CEO, documents the broad scope of the discrimination faced by performers, content creators, professionals and business owners in the adult industry.

According to our data, nearly 2 out of 3 people who earn money in the adult industry have lost a bank account or financial tool, and nearly 40% have had an account closed in the past year. The report details, for the first time, the issues faced by adult businesses and workers in relation to banks, mobile payments, credit card processing, loans and insurance.

Over 400 members of the adult industry took part in the survey, and the report includes the experiences of performers, creators, business owners, executives, industry professionals, employees and others who earn income from adult entertainment.

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Offsite Article: Morality bankers...

Link Here24th January 2021
Full story: US censorship through banking...Denying banking services to the morally incorrect
There concerns that President Biden will cancel a rule change banning banks from denying people bank accounts on grounds of morality and political correctness

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An end to denying banking services to the morally incorrect...

US financial regulator proposes a new rule to end the policing of morality by denying banking services

Link Here8th December 2020
Full story: US censorship through banking...Denying banking services to the morally incorrect
US moralist institutions, including the government, have found that a great way to censor people is to control their financial access.

The best example is Operation Chokepoint , a Department of Justice (DOJ) effort that put pressure on the banking system to cut off financial access for politically disfavored industries, such as sex work or porn production.

Under the Obama administration, regulators such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issued threatening letters to financial institutions that processed payments for industries such as payday lenders, gun and ammunition firms, and cryptocurrency companies. The message was clear: cut back on business with these industries, or else. Banks got the hint, and affected firms found it harder and harder to find banking partners.

Bullying banks into doing the government's dirty work was a quick and easy way to get the job done. Even better: it was an extralegal method to get rid of businesses the feds didn't like too much anyway. But of course, if something works, then why not extend it to ever more pet peeves.

For example, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed his Department of Financial Services to issue Operation Chokepoint-style warning letters to financial institutions which provided services to the National Rifle Association. Climate change activists have turned similar tactics towards banks who process payments for oil and gas companies .

But help may now be coming from some unexpected quarters: the OCC, which less than a decade ago had led the charge with Operation Chokepoint. Under the leadership of acting director Brian Brooks, the OCC has proposed a rule change that would make government-supported financial suppression much harder legally.

The Dodd-Frank Act was a sweeping financial reform that, among many other things , authorized the OCC to ensure that nationally chartered banks provide fair access to financial services, and fair treatment of customers. The intention was that minority customers be evaluated for creditworthiness on her or her own individual merits rather than the attributes of their broader group. In other words, a creditworthy individual shouldn't be punished because they belong to some group that is considered high risk in the aggregate.

The OCC would like to apply this thinking to industries through the proposed Fair Access to Financial Services rule. The largest banks in the country--those with more than $100 billion in assets--would be prohibited from red-lining politically disfavored industries just as they are prohibited from red-lining politically oppressed populations. Rather, a gun manufacturer or pornography company or payday lender must be evaluated on the terms of their individual creditworthiness.

The rule does not require that all large banks must do business with all, say, fossil fuel companies, just like banks are not required to extend credit to every single member of a protected class who applies for a loan. Rather, it is a nondiscrimination requirement. Large banks will not be allowed to cut off financial access for disfavored industries just because the government or some other powerful group leans on them to do so.

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