OnlyFans announced yesterday
that it will ban adult content despite having built its name almost solely on sexually explicit material since being founded in 2016. The company said the move was designed to “ensure the long-term sustainability” for over 130 million creators but in reality comes after pressure from US politicians concerned about underage content. Reports also suggest unhappy payment providers and unwilling investors led to it cleaning up its act now. Money, it seems, is the greatest moderator of them all.
Twitter launched a new reporting category
— “It’s misleading” — in South Korea, Australia and parts of the United States this week as part of efforts to combat misinformation. Its head of site integrity said
the test would help to see if “a public reporting option can also be a useful signal for those detections”. I’m interested to see how this pans out.
Trust and safety crisis protocols at GoFundMe
triggered during the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan temporarily prevented a fundraiser from accessing more than $24,000
donated to help LGBTQI people in the country. The fundraising platform, as per its rules, began reviewing every new fundraiser — including 27-year-old Afghan-Australian Bobuq Sayed — to “ensure we are following the law, protecting organizers & donors, and sending money to the right people”. Frustrating for Bobuq but a sensible approach in difficult circumstances.
A coalition of social justice organisations has called on YouTube
to strengthen its policies around deadnaming and misgendering trans people
. The letter, signed by the likes of Center for Countering Digital Hate, Equality Federation, Free Press and others, accompanies research that shows that high-profile YouTubers regularly get millions of views for videos where deadnaming and misgendering occur.
Transparency efforts took a strange turn this week as Facebook published its first Widely Viewed Content Report
, at least in part to combat the idea (proffered by NYT reporter Kevin Roose) that the platform is a cesspit of US right-wing political propagandists. I haven’t got rounding to reading it yet but there are some good Twitter threads knocking about (here
, for starters). [Thanks to Tom M for the heads-up]
In this week’s ‘Least surprising news’, fresh research out of Stanford shows that Gettr
, the Twitter clone created by former advisors to Donald Trump, has almost no moderation whatsoever.