January 19, 2001, 12:00 AM

Amex To Drop Online Adult Merchants

Don Davis

Editor in Chief

American Express Co. will no longer allow online sellers of adult content to accept its cards due to persistently high levels of disputed transactions. A company spokesperson tells Faulkner & Gray, publisher of Internet Retailer, that AmEx decided on the new policy this month when its attempts to reduce customer-dispute rates in the industry proved unsuccessful. "It was not practical or profitable to do business with these merchants anymore," the spokesperson says. The New York City-based company is now informing those of its current merchant clients affected by the change.

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