Something must be happening on body-positive and sex-positive Instagram. In the past few weeks, I’ve been noticing a lot of people in my network – pole dancers, sex workers, sex educators, performers and so on – post about someone impersonating their accounts on Instagram or Facebook. Many of them argued that, if Instagram granted verification … More Does Instagram’s verification process discriminate against nudity?
Following the #BlackLivesMatter protests, Instagram have pledged to do better to promote diversity on their platform, making big promises for change. In doing so, they obliquely admitted algorithm bias exists on the platform (something they hadn’t done so far). Following my experience with anti-censorship campaign EveryBODYVisible and my research on online moderation, I’ve once again … More Instagram Quietly Admitted Algorithm Bias… But How Will They Fight It?
With the Coronavirus pandemic forcing a large portion of workers online, having a voice and being visible on the Internet is essential towards still being able to work. For people in the pole dance, fitness, modeling, art, sex education, sex work and adult industries however, being visible online isn’t always possible due to excessive censorship. … More Interview About Social Media Nudity With The Obscenity Lawyer
Life is on hold due to Coronavirus – and so is activism. In this very personal post, I talk about my experience as an activist and about how the campaigning front going quiet has been affecting me. Aaaand I’ll finally explain more about my involvement with the United Nations’ #GenerationEquality campaign to discuss small things … More What Happens To Activism During Coronavirus?
Yesterday, a group of artists, pole dancers, sex workers, allies, LBTQIA+ people and more gathered outside of Instagram’s London HQ for a dance party/ protest – only to be ignored by Insta. In the past month or so, more news have come out about Instagram and Facebook’s moderation techniques, EveryBODYVisible has come back from the … More Instagram Refuses To Meet About Fairer Moderation
It’s been an eventful week in cyber sexy land – she says, on Wednesday night. I was interviewed by the BBC’s amazing “unofficial porn expert” Thomas Fabbri for an article on Instagram censorship and quoted in The Next Web‘s piece together with indie porn director Erika Lust. Salty World leaked Facebook’s community guidelines for nudity … More Algwhoreithms: Why Social Media Censor Women Over Hate Speech
What does being a pole dancer online in the age of oversharing mean for your perception of self? For this post, I’ve decided to dig deep and share things that have hurt me and made me think about the ‘attention economy’. So get ready for a short essay about living as a woman online (and, … More Fetish and Fiction
On 29 October 2019 – World Internet Day – a coalition of artists, sex workers, pole dancers, educators, athletes, performers and more that I am part of launched #EveryBODYVisible, a campaign to fight Instagram censorship, demand clarity about content moderation from the platform and change its approach to nudity. This post is an insider’s view … More Instagram Censors EveryBODYVisible Campaign Against Instagram Censorship – LOL
Early this week I emailed Instagram to clarify the reasons behind the shadowban and censorship of pole dancers. Instagram has now come back to me, denying they are censoring pole dancers or sex workers. This post is about what they told me. If you want to read about what this means for social media for pole … More Instagram Denies Censorship of Pole Dancers and Sex Workers
If you follow a pole dancer on Instagram or are friends with one on Facebook, chances are you’ve seen she is fuming about the shadowban this week. Pole dance Facebook groups have been set alight with anger, and even the biggest pole stars have been complaining through their profiles. Why? Because the majority of pole … More What Instagram’s Pole Dance Shadowban Means For Social Media