Documenting Tech Actions

Know of another tech action (change in terms of service, censorship, shutdown, notification) we haven’t documented? Please help us keep track by filling out this form. 

Since SESTA passed on Tuesday, March 21, we have documented the following actions taken by tech platforms:

  • CityVibe shutdown
  • Craigslist Personals shutdown
  • Reddit closing subreddits such as /escorts and /sugardaddy
  • TER closed its US advertising boards and shut down its US-based user accounts
  • Nightshift shutdown
  • VerifyHim closed its discussion board and mailing list
  • Google Drive deleting explicit content and/or locking out users
  • Microsoft Terms-of-Service update that the use of “offensive language” and “inappropriate content” such as nudity may result in suspensions or bans
    • new TOS goes into effect May 1
    • Skype, Xbox, Office and other services to be affected
  • Hung Angels removing forums
  • FetLife is gathering information on how to respond to SESTA/FOSTA
  • shut down all US-based ads
  • MyFreeCams changed TOS to explicitly ban any transaction (such as offering to meet a site member for a token) on March 28, 2018
  • shut down, citing Craigslist’s choice to shut down
    • from announcement: “we were able to offer as a free service to the community because the liability to us was manageable and we could manage our cost effectively…in many ways, this bill targets small sites like ours directly, it favors organizations with the resources to invest in filtering technology paid staff and legal support staff.”
  • shutdown
  • shutdown
  • shutdown
  • shutdown
  • Google Play updated its policy to ban explicit content such as “promotional images of sex toys” and “apps that promote escort services”
  • now requires a completed W9 form for users to receive payout
  • shutdown
  • USASexGuide.Info is temporarily closed
  • Humaniplex removed classifieds section on April 14, 2018
  • Preferred 411 no longer accepting new US profiles.
  • shutdown
  • First Choice Pay (a payment platform for online cam performers) severed ties with the adult industry on April 11, 2018
  • EventBrite changed its TOS to exclude events that constitute or promote “explicit sexual activity or pornography” on April 3, 2018
  • Escort Babylon is no longer allowing access from the US, and has taken down US location related pages
  • has removed their classifieds section
  • shutdown
  • suspended their 18+ section, says re-opening soon
  • Rub Maps is no longer accessible to US users
  • Swing Lifestyle is no longer allowing members to message each other
  • Collar Space is no longer allowing journal entries, updates to profiles or accepting new profiles

Additionally, we are working to confirm actions taken by GoDaddy, WordPress, Gmail, and Instagram. In particular, we are trying to document Google Drive removing know-your-rights information and political advocacy presentations. If you have experiences or documentation of censorship actions taken by these platforms, please let us know.