Monday, December 17, 2018

Online Censorship Is Making Sex Work More Dangerous

Over the last few weeks, apparently in direct response to the misguided and harmful SESTA/FOSTA law recently passed by Congress, social networking sites like Facebook and Tumblr have taken broad steps to limit sexual content on their platforms. Facebook, used by two thirds of the United States population, rolled out an extensive set of policies aimed at limiting “sexual solicitation” on its platform, including any content that “facilitates, encourages or coordinates sexual encounters between adults.”

Tumblr, which hosts as many as 50 million active users, took an even broader approach, banning all sexual content from its site. The blogging platform, known for its active and creative LGBTQ user base, tried to justify the move in a post stating “We want to make sure that we continue to foster this type of diversity of expression in the community, so our new policy strives to strike a balance." Read more....

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