Porn Stars Furious Over Instagram’s Nudity Ban

Sex trafficking bill changes the online landscape

The Guardian – Dozens of adult performers are set to picket Instagram’s Silicon Valley headquarters over guidelines about photos containing nudity.

The inconsistency of the rules, they say, has led to hundreds of thousands of account suspensions and is imperiling their livelihoods …

Adult performers on Instagram use the platform much like anyone else: to promote their work, share photos of friends and collaborators, and communicate with friends and fans.

But the Adult Performers Actors Guild, the largest labor union for the adult film industry, says Instagram has removed the accounts of more than 1,000 adult performers so far in 2019, most without explanation.

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In a pair of letters in April, the group asked Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, to provide more clarity for account terminations.

James Felton, the Adult Performers Actors Guild legal counsel, told the Guardian:

“In the large majority of instances, there was no nudity shown in the pictures. However, it appears that the accounts were terminated merely because of their status as an adult performer. Efforts to learn the reasons behind the termination have been futile.”

Felton said the Guild was considering taking a “legal route” pending the company’s reply to the letters.

Instagram says it has not changed its community guidelines in recent years but that the number of accounts suspended may have increased as the platform’s user numbers increased.

Sex trafficking bill changes the online landscape

Some users affected by the nudity guidelines say they feel Instagram has been cracking down on sexual content more frequently since the passage of the Online Sex Trafficking Act (Fosta) and Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act (Sesta), legislation meant to combat online sex trafficking that now holds platforms legally liable for the content hosted on them. Instagram said recent account removals were not related to these laws.

Daniel Saynt, founder of NSFW, a sex-positive private club and digital agency based in New York, said he had noticed accounts of his sex industry clients being shut down more frequently in recent months … Read more. 

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