WIRED: Let Twitter Devolve Into Porn

WIRED: Let Twitter Devolve Into Porn . “WITHOUT MODERATORS OR advertisers, swaths of Twitter are now mangy empty lots crawling with vandals, lechers, con men, and swastikas. The time is perhaps right for porn, then. Porn abhors a vacuum. Especially where it can be ennobled as constitutional duty. How in the world is this good news? I’ll tell you why it’s good news to me. Not only will it make Twitter2 easily quittable, but it’s pleasing to see things become what they deep down are.”

WIRED: Are You Sure You Know What Revenge Porn Is?

WIRED: Are You Sure You Know What Revenge Porn Is?. “In nearly every state, there are significant, largely overlooked limitations in the scope of criminal and civil revenge porn laws. Such limitations exclude from protection a wide range of sexual expression that is extremely common in the digital age, yet doesn’t conform to dominant understanding of moral propriety and sexual privacy.”

The Verge: How Twitter’s Child Porn Problem Ruined Its Plans For An Onlyfans Competitor

The Verge: How Twitter’s Child Porn Problem Ruined Its Plans For An Onlyfans Competitor . “In the spring of 2022, Twitter considered making a radical change to the platform. After years of quietly allowing adult content on the service, the company would monetize it. The proposal: give adult content creators the ability to begin selling OnlyFans-style paid subscriptions, with Twitter keeping a share of the revenue.”

Ars Technica: Visa knew about Pornhub’s child porn, judge says, and now must face trial [Updated]

Ars Technica: Visa knew about Pornhub’s child porn, judge says, and now must face trial [Updated]. “This week, US District Judge Cormac Carney of the US District Court of the Central District of California decided that there’s reason to believe that Visa knowingly processed payments that allowed MindGeek to monetize ‘a substantial amount of child porn.’”

MIT Technology Review: Chinese gamers are using a Steam wallpaper app to get porn past the censors

MIT Technology Review: Chinese gamers are using a Steam wallpaper app to get porn past the censors. “Online porn is banned in China, so people there have to get creative to access it. Steam is one of the only popular global platforms still available in the country, and its community features, international high-speed servers, and increasingly hands-off approach when it comes to sexual content have made it an inevitable choice. Chinese users now make up at least 40% of Wallpaper Engine’s global user base, MIT Technology Review estimates.”

Kotaku: Twitch Pauses ‘Boost’ Feature After Porn Sneaks Onto Front Page

Kotaku: Twitch Pauses ‘Boost’ Feature After Porn Sneaks Onto Front Page. “Twitch just can’t seem to scrub porn off its platform. Thanks to the ‘Boost This Stream’ feature the Amazon-owned company introduced last October, viewers are paying to promote, or ‘boost,’ sexually explicit content onto the platform’s front page. Unsurprisingly, Twitch has paused the boosting feature indefinitely.”

The Daily Beast: How Anime Porn Became a Weapon for Rival Terror Groups on Facebook

The Daily Beast: How Anime Porn Became a Weapon for Rival Terror Groups on Facebook. “The Facebook group ‘Soldiers of the Righteous Caliphate’ was a bubbling cauldron of noxious extremist support drawn from rival groups including the Islamic State, and the Taliban. It was filled with beheading imagery, military exercises, hand-drawn faceless portraits of the late ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and—somehow—plenty of anime porn. With just over 24,000 members, the Facebook group represented a perfect case study in the malicious mix of extremist support on the platform, which continues to evade detection and gain traction. So why was it full of pornography?”

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay

New Yorker: The Queer Past Gets Deleted on eBay. “In researching his book ‘Bound Together: Leather, Sex, Archives, and Contemporary Art,’ Andy Campbell, an associate professor of critical studies at the Roski School of Art and Design, used both eBay and the Johnson/Carter Library, in addition to other archives around the country. ‘Bound Together’ argues that queer archives are particularly precarious, as they often lack institutional support structures and their content is at odds with community guidelines.”

Daily Beast: Louvre Calls in Lawyers Over Pornhub’s Hardcore Re-Enactments

Daily Beast: Louvre Calls in Lawyers Over Pornhub’s Hardcore Re-Enactments. “There is little doubt that the clever app will bring these masterpieces to a whole new audience by marrying two worlds that might not generally engage, but European museum directors aren’t so sure they want their precious masterpieces to be exploited as such, especially when they can charge more noble entities thousands to license the artwork. Both the Louvre and Uffizi say they are suing Pornhub for rights infringements, demanding them to remove reproductions of the works that are displayed in the flesh in their museums.”

Motherboard: A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn

Motherboard: A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn. “As pointed out by Twitter user @dox_gay, hardcore porn is now embedded on the pages of the Huffington Post, New York magazine, The Washington Post, and a host of other websites. This is because a porn site called 5 Star Porn HD bought the domain for Vidme, a brief YouTube competitor founded in 2014 and shuttered in 2017. Its Twitter account is still up, but the domain lapsed.”

Foreign Policy: The World Hasn’t Figured Out How to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’

Foreign Policy: The World Hasn’t Figured Out How to Stop ‘Revenge Porn’. “Under pressure from advocates, big online platforms have begun implementing their own policies. But victims and lawyers report the laws just aren’t working. Although the internet has no borders and content travels freely, remedies vary vastly across jurisdictions, and there is very little cross-border cooperation between law enforcement agencies. Meanwhile, the crime—which disproportionately affects women and people who are lesbian, gay or bisexual—is flourishing.”

‘We have your porn collection’: The rise of Extortionware (BBC)

BBC: ‘We have your porn collection’: The rise of Extortionware. “Cyber-security companies are warning about the rise of so-called ‘extortionware’ where hackers embarrass victims into paying a ransom. Experts say the trend towards ransoming sensitive private information could affect companies not just operationally but through reputation damage. It comes as hackers bragged after discovering an IT Director’s secret porn collection.”