Amex porn claims a misunderstanding, says official

The claim that American Express was to terminate its merchant relationships any business dealing with adult-related merchandise or content may have been a misunderstanding, says a spokesman for the card company's New Zealand branch. The company which made the claim has been strangely silent.

The claim that American Express was to terminate its merchant relationships any business dealing with any form of adult-related merchandise or content may have been a misunderstanding, says a spokesman for the card company's New Zealand branch.

The US-based Internet Billing Company (http://www.ibill.com), which recently warned of what it said was Amex's new policy in an email to customers from CEO Tim Arnel, has not followed up with either a confirmation or a retraction of the warning.

Devonport speechwriter David Slack,who uses Ibill to process credit card payments for sales on his Internet-based automatic speech writer service, says he had expected further communication "but there's been no follow-up."

American Express's public affairs consultant Shukwa Tsang says Ibill "must have misinterpreted something else that was happening … Our business practice is that when an activity is legal and an account member wants to use the card, he can."

She declines to say what, if anything, American Express has said to Ibill.

"Our business relationship with individual merchants is not to be discussed in public."

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