Internet Retailing: Lovehoney hits back as Google SafeSearch sees 250,000 of its customers unable to shop

Internet Retailing: Lovehoney hits back as Google SafeSearch sees 250,000 of its customers unable to shop . “Lovehoney – the UK’s largest retailer for sexual wellness products and two-time Queen’s Award for Enterprise holder – has created an instructional guide to both raise awareness of the Google feature and help those over 18s that it is unintentionally obstructing.”

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.”

Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps

Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps. “According to the FTC, the criminals pose as potential romantic partners on LGBTQ+ dating apps, sending explicit photos to their targets and asking them to reciprocate. If they fall for it, the victims get blackmailed into paying a ransom, usually in untraceable gift cards, under the threat of having sexual imagery they shared with the scammers leaked to their family, friends, or employers.”

The Independent: Meta removes ‘large numbers’ of upskirting images found on Facebook

The Independent: Meta removes ‘large numbers’ of upskirting images found on Facebook. “Facebook owner Meta said it has removed a large number of groups and accounts which were sharing upskirting content following a BBC News investigation into the issue. The TV report found images and videos of upskirting being shared on the social media platform. It said some content which was reported to Facebook by the investigation was not immediately removed, with the site saying it did not appear to breach its community standards.”

Newswise: Sex Creators – A New Marginalized Profession that needs to be understood

Newswise: Sex Creators – A New Marginalized Profession that needs to be understood. “Don’t be quick to judge the marginalized ‘Sex Creator’ profession! A lecturer at Chula’s Faculty of Law urges all parties to understand the changing social context, and the government to regulate rather than suppress those in this profession while ensuring protection for all genders, and promoting sexual health and legal freedom of expression.”

New York Times Magazine: The ‘E-Pimps’ of OnlyFans

New York Times Magazine: The ‘E-Pimps’ of OnlyFans . “Spend enough time on social media, and you’ll encounter young people engaged in all sorts of schemes: running drop-shipping companies, minting NFTs, pumping crypto, selling real estate in the metaverse. Many are based in Miami. It’s a place where young marketing types have embraced a vision of what the internet is actually for that is at odds with Silicon Valley’s: less a utopian escape from reality than an infinite expansion of its strip malls.”

The Times: Explicit photos sent to Ukrainian refugee women looking for shelter

The Times: Explicit photos sent to Ukrainian refugee women looking for shelter. “Ukrainian women seeking safety in the UK say they have been sent explicit images by men exploiting the Homes for Ukraine programme. Women who posted on Facebook groups set up to connect refugees with British households said they had also been verbally abused by men. They added that messages they had received from men on Facebook’s Messenger app had deterred them from coming to Britain.”

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.”

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos

TechCrunch: Flickr is paywalling the ability to upload NSFW photos. “Flickr isn’t very good at making money, but as the old adage goes, sex sells. So, in an attempt to draw in more paying subscribers, Flickr changed its content guidelines to only allow Flickr Pro users to post ‘restricted’ or ‘moderate’ content, which includes photos of ‘full-frontal nudity and sexual acts.’” Honestly had no idea that Flickr allowed NSFW content in the first place.

BBC: Metaverse app allows kids into virtual strip clubs

BBC: Metaverse app allows kids into virtual strip clubs. “Mark Zuckerberg thinks it could be the future of the internet – so much so, he recently rebranded Facebook as Meta, with the company investing billions developing its Oculus Quest headset. That headset – now rebranded the Meta Quest – is thought to have as much as 75% of the market share. It was one of these headsets which the BBC News researcher used to explore an app, and part of the metaverse. The app, called VRChat, is an online virtual platform which users can explore with 3D avatars.”