Twitter TOS changes may affect sex workers

December 4, 2019 Social Media News

Twitter TOS changes might ruin your life, or it might be more of the same

Twitter is really out here making it hard to be an internet slut in 2020. It’s not that they weren’t trying hard in 2019, and they’ve definitely been shadowbanning for far longer than they’ve admitted, but Twitter has finally come clean. In their update Terms of Service (TOS), taking effect January 1, 2020, a section reads:

Our Services evolve constantly. As such, the Services may change from time to time, at our discretion. We may stop (permanently or temporarily) providing the Services or any features within the Services to you or to users generally. We also retain the right to create limits on use and storage at our sole discretion at any time. We may also remove or refuse to distribute any Content on the Services, limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service, suspend or terminate users, and reclaim usernames without liability to you.

That segment in bold is Twitter telling everyone that shadowbanning is real, and it’s not going away any time soon. Twitter had previously claimed shadowbanning only occurred when accounts were under investigation, but any cam model or clips producer knew that was entirely BS.

The other stuff

A lot of screenshots called “Twitter TOS changes” have been flying around on Twitter (is that irony?) and there seems to be a lot of fearmongering happening around the supposed changes. If you’re freaking out–don’t. Most of the screengrabs of “changes” are actually about material that has been in Twitter’s “Sensitive Media Policy” for quite some time, and is nothing new. This includes:

  • adult content cannot be in profile pictures or header images, and live videos cannot contain adult content.
  • violent sexual content is prohibited.

The second bullet point, in particular, has gotten the BDSM, femdom, and kink worlds in a tizzy. Unfortunately, violent sexual content in consensual situations (see the definitions below)–such as kink or BDSM scenes–has been prohibited on Twitter for some time now. Some producers and fans of intense BDSM content including CBT, caning and other implement-based impact play, and extreme bondage have reported accounts being suspended or deleted despite marking their content as “sensitive”.

What is “adult content” according to Twitter?

From Twitter’s “Sensitive Media Policy”:

Adult content is any consensually produced and distributed media that is pornographic or intended to cause sexual arousal. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • full or partial nudity, including close-ups of genitals, buttocks, or breasts (excluding content related to breastfeeding);
  • simulated sexual acts; and
  • sexual intercourse or other sexual acts – this also applies to cartoons, hentai, or anime involving humans or depictions of animals with human-like features.

What is “violent sexual content”?

Again, from Twitter’s “Sesnsitive Media Policy”:

Violent sexual conduct is any media that depicts violence, whether real or simulated, in association with sexual acts. Some examples include, but are not limited to, depictions of:

  • rape and other forms of violent sexual assault, or sexual acts that occur without the consent of participants, including a simulated lack of consent; and
  • sexualized violence – inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting, where it is not immediately obvious if those involved have consented to take part.

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