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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sheltering YouTubers, Tumblr'ers, Why Not Facebookers?

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The battle over firearms has officially entered the digital realm. YouTube announced that it will place more restrictions on firearms videos hosted on its website, and the move has angered some gun enthusiasts who are now publishing their content on a large porn site.
 -  from "The Two-Way" on NPR [link]

Pornhub has stepped in to not only welcome Tumblr's adult content creators "with open arms" but allow them to profit directly from their content, something Tumblr never offered.
 -  from ONTD: Oh No They Didn't [link]

In March of last year, Pornhub welcomed with open arms those content creators who were cast out by YouTube abruptly changing its content rules regarding gun care, ownership information, and maintenance.

In December, they did it again when blogging platform Tumblr blanket-banned pornography in a brute-force effort to remove illegal content (including bots and child-pornography).

Pornhub is a platform that has celebrated sex-positivity in a way no other social platform that wasn't focused on just porn has that I've seen. (Not even ImageFap in its heyday was so open and welcoming. I think I'm really dating myself now.) PornHub has also been known to release its accumulated generalized statistics and reasonable assumptions drawn from them to help further data-based knowledge of pornorgraphy and demographics (pornographics?) more than Kinsey probably ever dreamed (and not tainted by his own perception). Unlike all the rumors that get whispered behind the bleachers.

Given the title of this post, you can probably already see where I'm going with this, but there's still a missing piece: people need a social media that is SFW, safe for work. I doubt many workplaces would allow the PornHub domain or brand on to their networks (not that I'm recommending even using any social media on anything but your own devices), not to mention social media's under-age audience.

But there's another website and community I'm a member of (though my account has long since grown idle) that found a solution to this very problem.

PaperDemon. It's an art community similar to DeviantArt, but with a warmer welcome to writers. PaperDemon [link] has a "sister" site called The Red Curtain [link]. As opposed to PD's greens and whites color scheme, The Red Curtain is very black, grey and red, as befits its purpose. The Red Curtain allows users to share their explicit content without it bleeding over into their all-ages content.
And you don't need a second account to access it; just check the box in your profile that says you're willing to view it (making sure that when you signed up that you said you were old enough), and click the link in the menu bar to sweep back the curtain (literally and figuratively).

I think a red (or orange) curtain would be just the thing that Pornhub needs to break out of being "just a porn site" into potentially being a new, more welcoming, more inclusive, sex-positive social media website.

They've already welcomed the estranged YouTubers and Tumblr'ers. Throw up a curtain to ward off those who want to (or need to) turn a blind eye to some of the content, set up a social platform a little more complicated and robust than the forums that are already in place and welcome with open arms those fleeing (or soon to be fleeing) Facebook.

In Pornhub we trust? Or is that going a little too far?

(Yes, I'm aware of Fetlife, I actually have an account. But Fetlife isn't a free and open social network. It's everything that's behind the "curtain," with nothing in front of the curtain... if you know what I mean. They don't have a curtain. It's all sexual content or not accessing the site at all. In order to shelter those fleeing Facebook but not wanting sexual content in your face, all the time, there needs to be a curtain.)

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