"Activists" in the shape of Jamila Brown (above) and her anti-corporate hate group SumOfUs, are trying to get MasterCard to follow in PayPal's footsteps in banning "far right" (but not far left) and especially white (but not black, Muslim, or Hispanic) extremist groups, but interestingly, the MasterCard board has no interest in doing this:
A major showdown is shaping up for Mastercard’s (MA) annual shareholder meeting this summer, thanks to a liberal activist group pressuring the financial services giant into cutting off payments services to far-right groups.
“What Mastercard is doing, without them realizing it, is they’re legitimizing these right-wing extremist and white supremacists by having that there. They’re a reputable brand, ” SumOfUs Communications Director Jamila Brown told Yahoo Finance’s YFi PM.
SumOfUs hopes to achieve the same success as the pressure campaign that lead PayPal to ban payments to far-right extremists starting back in 2017.
Mastercard’s annual shareholder meeting on June 25 will become the next battleground in that fight. SumOfUs has won the ability to hold a shareholder vote that, if approved, would establish a “human rights committee” within Mastercard. The committee would be tasked with monitoring and stopping payments to far-right leaders and organizations around the world.
Mastercard, for its part, doesn’t believe that step is necessary to properly address the issue.
According to information given by Mastercard to shareholders reviewed by BuzzFeed News, “The Board does not believe that establishing a separate human rights committee is necessary to properly exercise its oversight of this important area.”
When reached for comment, Mastercard told Yahoo Finance that “we believe The Board’s recommendation to shareholders speaks for itself.”
Mastercard faces shareholder vote that could force it to ban payments to far right groups, by Nick Robertson Yahoo Finance, May 3, 2019
See also Activists Are Trying To Force Mastercard To Cut Off Payments To The Far Right, by Mark Di Stefano,BuzzFeed, May 1, 2019. What's interesting is that when you click on the SumOfUs page, they have a pop-up asking for donations. I don't know what payment processor they use, but they're not in danger of losing it, even though they support all kinds of weird causes, many of them actually dangerous. (Palestinians, for example.)
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