@SpaceDoctorPhD: Timeline of SESTA-FOSTA leading culture ban though sex work
Alice Clearwater
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I researched Facebook's new Community Standards targeting queer users. Here's the TL;DR
⭐ The change reportedly came in mid-October
⭐ It doesn't just impact Facebook, it also affects Messenger and Instagram
⭐ It's a major blow to queer cruising groups
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/facebook-community-standards-ban-sexual-preference/

I'm now going to take the next few minutes to show you the timeline for how we got here.

In March SESTA-FOSTA passed Congress. The bill conflates consensual sex work with sex trafficking, holds websites responsible for ads with the latter, and led to a shut down of various websites and web pages sex workers use.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/sesta-sex-workers-white-house/

This led to Craigslist shutting down personals
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/craigslist-sesta-personals/

Sex workers gradually lost their websites as services like Wix began targeting their pages. SESTA-FOSTA gave these hosting companies the perfect cover to remove SWers once and for all.
https://www.dailydot.com/irl/sex-workers-wix-websites/

Other services joined in. Discord removed NSFW material from Partnered Servers after originally giving containment channels the all-clear.
https://www.gamepur.com/news/36151-discord-removing-nsfw-server-partnership-adult-content-outra.html

Steam nearly took down myriad games with adult content too
https://www.gamepur.com/news/35494-steam-visual-novels-porn-religious-organization.html

Then the Tumblr ban hits. Vox reports this has been in the work for "about six months," according to a former Tumblr engineer. The reason? Verizon wants to sell ads but companies don't want to touch porn. This is going on just months after SESTA-FOSTA.

We also have social media platforms like Snapchat, which was clearly founded for sexting, suddenly trying to backtrack and get rid of the very people that built up the platform.
https://www.dailydot.com/debug/snapchat-porn-banned/

This is a long process and a timeline. Nothing here happened overnight. This is why it's important to a) pay attention when bans and anti-SW laws are passed, and b) LISTEN TO SEX WORKERS

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