Mashable: Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images

Mashable: Apple delays controversial plan to check iPhones for child exploitation images. “Apple said Friday that it is delaying the previously announced system that would scan iPhone users’ photos for digital fingerprints that indicated the presence of known Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). The change is in response to criticism from privacy advocates and public outcry against the idea.”

Evening Standard: Protesters dressed as giant breasts march outside Facebook’s London office

Evening Standard: Protesters dressed as giant breasts march outside Facebook’s London office. “Medical tattooists and breast cancer survivors dressed up as giant breasts at the headquarters near Oxford Circus. Some claim their pictures have been removed and their accounts blocked. This prevents breast cancer survivors from learning about possible treatments. The campaigners said they should be able to post images of their experience without being wrongly sexualised.”

Tech Transparency: Apple’s App Store Loopholes Put Children at Risk

Tech Transparency Project: Apple’s App Store Loopholes Put Children at Risk. “Apple announced a controversial plan this month to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse—a response to mounting concerns about the digital explosion of such content. But a new investigation by the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) shows that Apple is failing to take even the most basic steps to protect children in one of its core profit engines: the App Store.”

Slate: “We’re Basically the Non-Porn People”

Slate: “We’re Basically the Non-Porn People”. “According to the public face the company presents via the pages it chooses to promote on its YouTube channel, Twitter account, and internal blog, the platform isn’t a haven for sex workers, heavens no, but a diverse community full of photographers, fitness coaches, makeup gurus, and other creatives. These non-porn accounts are real and there are even a fair number of them—but what are they doing on OnlyFans? And how do they view their place on the platform, especially after the past week?” I subscribe to the YouTube channel of an asexual artist named Echo Gillette . She started an OnlyFans because she needed a safe place to display her NFSW art!

TikTok becomes StripTok: Why sex workers are taking to social media (The Irish Times)

The Irish Times: TikTok becomes StripTok: Why sex workers are taking to social media. “[Teauryajya] DuBenion is part of a growing American community of strippers on the social-media platform who post under the hashtag #Striptok. Instead of gathering around a water cooler, they have built an online network to exchange professional advice, safety tips and good old-fashioned strip-club gossip.”

MP Maria Miller wants AI ‘nudifying’ tool banned (BBC)

BBC: MP Maria Miller wants AI ‘nudifying’ tool banned. “MP Maria Miller wants a parliamentary debate on whether digitally generated nude images need to be banned. It comes as another service which allows users to undress women in photos, using Artificial intelligence (AI), spreads rapidly on social media. The website in question had more than five million visits in June alone, according to one analyst.”

Daily Dot: Instagram bans popular pole-dancing blogger and activist, who says now ‘no one is safe’ with its sex policies

Daily Dot: Instagram bans popular pole-dancing blogger and activist, who says now ‘no one is safe’ with its sex policies. “As a City University of London lecturer and researcher, Dr. Carolina Are has been looking into the moderation practices around nudity and sexuality of the major social media platforms. As an activist, she has been calling tirelessly on Instagram to reconsider its policies since November 2020, when the company’s new terms of use further restricting sexually explicit content first got announced.”

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.”

BBC: Under the skin of OnlyFans

BBC: Under the skin of OnlyFans. “OnlyFans, a social media platform best known for explicit content, has boomed during the pandemic. But from receiving terrorism videos to racial abuse and rape threats, a BBC investigation based on the experiences of dozens of women reveals concerns about how the British-run site is structured, managed and moderated.”