Twitter Banning Upskirt Content

Recently Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a tweetstorm about what Twitter is doing to keep its users safe. As we discovered this included hiding adult content in search unless your settings have been adjusted properly, thus leading many people to believe that they had been shadow banned by Twitter. This week, Twitter has announced the rollout schedule for the upcoming safety policy changes and what exactly those mean. And by exactly, I mean they gave a vague and confusing description.

Safety Updates

Twitter has decided to address the following topics in their upcoming safety update:

*Non-consensual nudity

*Unwanted sexual advances

*Hate symbols and imagery

*Violent groups

*Tweets that glorify violence

All of this sounds fine but what do they really mean by non-consensual nudity? All of us in adult are in full support of consensual nudity. That goes without saying, however, they are making a move to lump consensual content in with non-consensual content. John Starr, head of Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, addressed the topic in an email:

Non-consensual nudity

Current approach – *We treat people who are the original, malicious posters of non-consensual nudity the same as we do people who may unknowingly tweet the content. In both instances, people are required to delete the tweet(s) in question and are temporarily locked out of their accounts. They are permanently suspended if they post non-consensual nudity again.

Updated approach – *We will immediately and permanently suspend any account we identify as the original poster/source of non-consensual nudity and/or if a user makes it clear they are intentionally posting said content to harass their target. We will do a full account review whenever we receive a tweet-level report about non-consensual nudity. If the account appears to be dedicated to posting non-consensual nudity then we will suspend the entire account immediately.

*Our definition of “non-consensual nudity” is expanding to more broadly include content like upskirt imagery, “creep shots,” and hidden camera content. Given that people appearing in this content often do not know the material exists, we will not require a report from a target in order to remove it.

*While we recognize there’s an entire genre of pornography dedicated to this type of content, it’s nearly impossible for us to distinguish when this content may/may not have been produced and distributed consensually. We would rather error on the side of protecting victims and removing this type of content when we become aware of it.

The biggest changes are permanently suspending an account without warning; the content does not need to be reported by a user in order to be removed, and the expansion of the definition of “non-consensual nudity.” It is great that they recognize that there is a genre of porn in this niche, but that recognition is useless since they say there is not way for them to distinguish what has been distributed consensually or not. Of course, there are ways they can identify if they wanted to work with our industry. Has Twitter reached out to the industry to ask how they can verify? No, they have not. I have reached out to both John Starr and Jack Dorsey to inquire if they would be interested in working with our industry instead of against it. At this time I have not heard back.

Julia from said, “I am always aware that social media can and will ban questionable material such as I have decided not to use the word upskirt in any of my future updates.” She continues with a worry that many of us have, “The issue I think is my past updates—so many to police—I will also take real care in the photos I am going to use in the future.” 

Twitter has not mentioned if they will be policing older images. They have also not mentioned any other specific keywords other than upskirt leaving what they consider non-consensual nudity up in the air.

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7 Veils CEO Added to Women of Sex Tech’s List of ‘Female Founders’

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*Poster by Aaron Wood

NEW YORK — Women of Sex Tech today announced the addition of Lauren MacEwen, CEO of, to its list of “Female Founders.”

Women of Sex Tech is an inclusive community of “sex-positive women changing the sex tech industry.” The group represents artists, creators, entrepreneurs, journalists, educators, innovators and engineers and was founded by Unbound CEO and co-founder Polly Rodriguez and House of Plume’s Lidia Bonilla.

“I’m honored to be involved with Women of Sex Tech because I think the work we are doing is important, and if you look at the list of founders you will see that they take their vetting process quite seriously,” said MacEwen, whose 7Veils offers social media management and consulting.

“It has suddenly become somewhat trendy to take a female-forward approach to tech, but when you get beyond the flight of fancy some media outlets are engaged in, it’s really important to focus in on the organizations that have a long-term approach and a much more inclusive world view.”

In addition to operating 7Veils, MacEwen is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and mentee.

Has Porn Been Shadow Banned? Big Changes in Twitter

7 veils social media porn##Repost from AVN## Twitter has been making changes that are having huge affects on your social media and they didn’t warn you about it. On October 14th, Twitter dropped a big hammer. They restricted your visibility in search. I know you want to scream censorship! But it is not censorship. This is not the pornocalypse. And this doesn’t have to affect you as much if you make some changes in your settings.

On October 14th Twitter made a change to their search algorithm that started hiding people from appearing in search. Accounts that noticed thought they were getting shadow banned. This is a term used to indicate that an account is being hidden from search as punishment for terms of service or community standard violations. A shadow ban prevents your tweets and account from showing up in search. They typically last 12-48 hours. No one tells you that you have been shadow banned, it just happens. But this is not shadow banning.

Due to recent issues on Twitter such as the purge to get rid of accounts associated with hatecrime, terrorism, and bots; the Rose McGowan suspension for what she believed was speaking out about sexual harassment on Twitter; and the subsequent women’s one-day boycott of Twitter, the tech giant has decided to crack down on sexual harassment and hate on Twitter. However, they are also putting restrictions on pornographic and hateful or lewd material.


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