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They say that sexual expression, work, and porn are under attack. First Craiglists’ classified ads for sex related interests was dismantled, then Tumblr’s removed adult content, and Facebook and Instagram have explicitly banned porn and anything too risque from their platforms. Twitter may be the latest platform to take a similar stance, leaving sex workers and their admirers on alert due to a change in their policy set to take place on January 1, 2020.

The social media platform announced a changed in its policy:

via The Daily Dot

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Twitter considers “violent sexual conduct” to be any media that portrays violent actions alongside sexual interactions, “whether real or simulated.” This includes “simulated lack of consent,” or consensually produced porn that plays with nonconsensual themes (better known as “consensual nonconsent”). The site bans “sexualized violence,” including “inflicting physical harm on an individual within an intimate setting” when “it is not immediately obvious” if all participants have given their consent. Given how Twitter defines adult content, it appears these policies also apply to adult artwork such as furry and anime porn.

Twitter further reserves the right to remove any adult material “that depicts violent sexual conduct or gratuitous gore anywhere,” and the platform may permanently ban accounts “dedicated to posting this type of content.” While adult content is still allowed, Twitter warns that any accounts “dedicated to posting sensitive media” may face a permanent suspension if sensitive content accounts for the “majority of your activity on Twitter.” Taken to its logical conclusion, this could turn into a broader ban on NSFW content.

However, it is also being reported that consensual pornography will not be banned. The likes of which people tend to indulge in on OnlyFans and most porn in general. Out.com has provided further details:

via Out.com

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“Accounts that simply post adult content either to express their sexuality or their interests will not be suspended,” a Twitter spokesperson said in July. Reached by Out this weekend, a separate Twitter spokesperson held to that, stating that there actually had been no update to the company’s TOS “sensitive content” section, where adult content is regulated, since the initial reports in July, and that users can expect porn to be treated the same in 2020 as it had been in 2019. 

“The only thing updated in November was the reporting instructions,” the spokesperson confirmed, referencing two Twitter threads and a blog post detailing those changes. Both Daily Dot and Gizmodo acknowledge that the updates they reported on were implemented in May but, for some reason, still opted to stoke hysteria by running their new stories as if there would be some changes coming in 2020. Instead, the current policy will continue: consensual pornographic content is allowed when it is uploaded into tweets. Adult content is not allowed in header images, profile photos, or in Twitter live streams — if it is posted there, users could see their accounts indefinitely suspended.

One aspect of the TOS that did get an update in wording that might be pertinent to those who post porn was pointed out by XBIZ. One new clause says “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.” The “limit distribution or visibility of any Content on the service” is an update that will go into effect on January 1, 2020. But what does this mean?

The Twitter spokesperson we spoke to said that the policy has always been there, “we have just clarified the language.” What this essentially means is that, this is something that Twitter has long done, and is now putting words to it.

XBIZ surmised — and we are inclined to agree — that this is simply verbalizing the app’s ongoing practice of shadowbanning. For accounts who post primarily adult content, Twitter sometimes makes it more difficult to find their account handles, and even sometimes makes it impossible to search the account’s tweets using the in-app tool. And while that definitely sucks and requires some maneuvering, it does not constitute a looming NSFW ban on the service.

Twitter has yet to make an official, outright statement about adult content on its platform. Honestly, we are in favor of Twitter banning porn on its platform. We feel there is a place and space for everything. Pornhub actually has profiles people can create for themselves and monetize by posting their own amateur porn videos. It would be nice to scroll on Twitter without seeing a miscellaneous penis, vagina, or anus on our timelines–even when you do not follow anyone who does. Needless to say those retweets are dangerous. What do you guys think? Are you here for a Twitter porn ban or no? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Freedom, GA! 19 Black Families Purchase 97 Acres Of Georgia Land for Safe Community

They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

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They have often said that owning land is having power. That still rings true in 2020, as nineteen Black families have combined their resources to purchase nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia.

The families have named the land, Freedom, Georgia, in hopes of creating a safe haven and community.

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[VIDEOS] TRAGIC! Atlanta’s “Unofficial” Black Gay Pride Rife w/ Fights & Their Viral Videos!

Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride was one of summer’s hottest spots, marking the end of summer and the beginning of fall festivities. However, due to COVID-19, the official Black Gay Pride was officially canceled. However, that did not stop the city’s nightlife as independent club promoters and planners took up the slack with a string of events throughout the city in gay friendly bars, lounges, clubs, and some restaurants.

Unfortunately, this “unofficial” Atlanta Black Gay Pride was rife with violence with multiple fights throughout the weekend at popular Black Gay spots like the Marquette Lounge, Bulldogs Bar, Piedmont Park, and Believe Bar & Lounge!

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Many of these fights were recorded by spectators and involved dozens of young and primarily Black Gay Men, who in turn posted the videos of social media. The reaction to these aforementioned videos has been largely an outcry denouncing the entire piecemailed event and feeling that there was no “pride” to be held in the gathering. Some have even called for there to a formal council to oversee future official and ORGANIZED Black Gay Prides in Atlanta.

Check out a few of these fights below:

We really hate to see there was so much violence this weekend. Black and gay people are among the most oppressed people on the planet, and to see them fight so much is just disheartening. More than ever before the Black LGBT community should be banding together.

Personally, we feel it was highly irresponsible for them to have an event of any kind during this pandemic. Lives are in danger. We remember years ago Freaknik went to similarly awry and was eventually and permanently done away with. Guys, let’s do better!

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Black Gamers Denounce Marvel Video Game for “Whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm

Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Representation and diversity are more important than ever in today’s political and social climate. Systemic racism still pervades every aspect of our society and that includes our entertainment.

In fact, the Marvel Comics based video game, “Marvel Future Fight,” is being accused of “whitewashing” X-Men’s Storm, giving her much lighter skin and more Caucasian features including thinner nose and lips.

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Some fans are even saying she resembles actress Charlize Theron instead of the Black superhero the world knows her as. Storm, in the comics, is of African and African-American descent, hailing from Kenya. The character naturally and traditionally has blue eyes and white hair, passed down from all of her female ancestors.

This is not the first time Storm’s complexion and features have been met with criticism. Earlier this year in the comics, issues of colorism arose when she was shown as light skinned and with altered features making her barely recognizable. Also, both of her live action actresses, Halle Berry and Alexandria Shipp, have been lighter skinned Black women causing controversy.

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Storm is arguably the most popular Black superhero on the planet, having risen to prominence in 1975 in Giant-Size X-Men. There, she and a host of new, multicultural X-Men rescued the original X-Men–Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast, Angel, and Iceman–from a living island known as Krakoa. Since then at various times she has served as a leader of the team and even became the Queen of Wakanda when she married Black Panther.

We are open to different interpretations of Storm, but to alter her complexion or ethnicity is problematic. There still are not nearly as many superheroes of color in mainstream media and her role as a dark-skinned and powerful Black woman makes her character all the more necessary.

Marvel Future Fight has yet to respond to the gamers’ outrage, we will keep you posted as this story continues to unfold.

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